Climate change bus stops in Valley

Climate change bus

The “I Will Act On Climate” bus tour made a stop in Youngstown Friday.

The 27-state bus tour stopped at the Historical Center of Industry in Youngstown to educate community members on the need for legislation to address climate change issues at the local and federal levels.

Several guest speakers, including Dr. Martin Abraham, Dean of Youngstown State University’s STEM College, talked about ways technology and manufacturing are becoming more energy-efficient. Abraham said his students are working on ways to make local manufacturing more environmentally responsible.

“The real answer is ultimately technology. We need new technology that is more efficient, more effective, less polluting,” said Abraham. “As we develop these technologies more, they are more cost-effective, economically appropriate and we’ll adapt them.”

The bus tour comes on the heels of President Obama’s plan, announced in June, for the nation’s first-ever limit on carbon pollution. Highlights of the plan include an $8 billion loan guarantee available for fossil energy and efficiency projects such as wind and solar on public lands, expansion of plans to cut waste nationally and become at least 20 percent more energy-efficient by 2020 and reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons by 2030.

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