Nebraska’s huge role in climate change

By Karla James, Nebraska Radio Network

State and local governments, businesses and citizens from around the world are gathering this week for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Lou Leonard is the Senior Vice President for the Climate & Energy Program through the World Wildlife Federation and says Nebraska and other parts of the Midwest are game changers when it comes to global warming, energy conservation and generation. Leonard says, “The role of wind in Nebraska and Iowa is a huge part of the local economy and you will see a lot of the wind industry represented here.”
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DATA CENTERS
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