Agricultural workers from Bud Farms harvest celery on March 26, 2020 in Oxnard, California. Credit: Brent Stirton/Getty Images This story is part of a collaboration between InsideClimate News and The Nation as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. The piece below focuses on rural areas; to read how green recovery spending can impact cities, click here . In Maine, state officials are working to help residents install 100,000 high efficiency heat pumps in their homes, part of a strategy for electrifying the state. In California, an in-demand grant program helps the state’s largest industry—agriculture, not technology—to pursue a greener, more sustainable future. Across Appalachia, solar panels are appearing on rooftops of community centers in what used to be coal towns. The Trump administration may have pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, but most states and many rural areas in America have developed their own plans for reducing carbon emissions and moving away from fossil fuels as they maneuver—often aggressively—to address the threat of climate change. "Even if the U.S. government has decided to leave the Paris Agreement, we see in the U.S. an enormous movement in […]

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