Town Hall participants brainstorm ideas for a Green New Deal in Westmoreland

Local proponents of the envisioned economic transformation dubbed the Green New Deal argue that regional jobs tied to the fossil fuel industry can be replaced with ones that are focused on environmentally friendly energy sources such as hydroelectric, wind and solar power.

That was one of the ideas discussed Wednesday evening during a town hall meeting about the Green New Deal that drew close to 50 people to The Lamplighter restaurant in Delmont.

“This is not some pie-in-the-sky dream,” said Mike Pardus, among the leaders of local activist group Voice of Westmoreland, which organized the meeting. “It’s about things we can do right here in Westmoreland County today, now, if we have the wherewithal to work together to make it happen.

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