Renewable Energy Now A Crucial Source Of Good Jobs In The Rust Belt

12/03/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • PETER S. GOODMAN New York Times

Like his uncle, his grandfather and many of their neighbors, Arie Versendaal spent decades working at the Maytag factory here, turning coils of steel into washing machines.

When the plant closed last year, taking 1,800 jobs out of this town of 16,000 people, it seemed a familiar story of American industrial decline: another company town brought to its knees by the vagaries of global trade.

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