Can Wind Turbines Blow the Rust Off the Rust Belt?

A few months ago, we profiled John Fetterman, the mayor of a formerly dying Pennsylvania steel town named Braddock. Fetterman has been trying to...

A few months ago, we profiled John Fetterman, the mayor of a formerly dying Pennsylvania steel town named Braddock. Fetterman has been trying to revitalize Braddock by bringing in new young residents and converting the economy from old industrial to new, creative, and filled with sustainable industries. You can read our full piece on him here.Fetterman has become a big supporter of the new climate bill, based on the argument that they're going to have to build all these wind turbines somewhere, and what better place than cities that already have built-in industrial capacity. He testified to that effect in a Senate hearing on the new bill, which is currently being considered by the body. His constituents, he said, aren't that keen on being seen as environmentalists, but now they realize that "there are 250 tons of steel in a windmill."

Fetterman is also the star of a series of pretty spectacular ads emphasizing how cap-and-trade legislation can help revitalize parts of the crumbling American industry. You can see all the ads here (they are part of The Cap Solution, a website devoted to promoting cap-and-trade legislation's positive effects). I've included two of my favorites below:



Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

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It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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