Learner: “The Midwest is the center of our nation’s climate change problems. We’re also one of the centers of the solutions.”
That’s Howard Learner of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center. He says six Midwest states generate almost a quarter of all carbon pollution nationally.
That’s because the Midwest is the nation’s crossroads, and is crisscrossed by cars, trains, and airplanes. It’s also home to many old, coal-fired power plants.
But some of the same things that make the region a big polluter also make it ripe for solutions.
Learner: “We have a tremendous opportunity here as the nation’s transportation center, to use more efficient cars and trucks and public transit, higher speed rail.”
The Midwest could also move from producing coal-fired power to more clean energy. Wind farms are already booming in Illinois and Iowa, and the region is poised for solar growth.
Learner: “Cloudy Chicago is not as sunny as Arizona, but there are a lot of buildings, a lot of warehouses, a lot of opportunities for solar to thrive here in the Midwest.””The Click To Tweet
So Learner expects the region will soon generate less pollution and more solutions.
LEARNER: “I’m optimistic that the pragmatic, practical Midwest heartland can be a leader when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas pollution.”
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