Something that I sometimes forget is that there are other industries contributing to emissions problems outside of manufacturing, and that there are other industries that are really important to not just our economy, but our way of life, too, not just in the U.S., but everywhere.
One of the most important and difficult ways to make a living has to be farming. Income can be sparse, and a bad weather year can devastate farmland and the farming way of life. Finally, the U.S. government has begun to recognize the importance of farming in the country, and the importance of looking at emissions and other environmental effects of domestic farming have also begun to be noticed.
In a USA Today article titled "Program aims to credit farmers who reduce emissions," Phil Brasher reports that "the Agriculture Department is trying to perfect methods for farmers and landowners to get paid for emission-saving practices."
It's these kinds of measures that we need to make sure we are protecting the environment for the future and doing what we can now to reduce emissions pollution and other problems caused by industries outside of manufacturing.
Check out the whole article at http://www.usatoday.com/cleanprint/?unique=1318969406961