American industry on the brink of collapse – Mayors of six cities plead for the “Marshall plan”

Every four years, voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky are told how important they are to American industry, but then they are forgotten.

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This statement was made by the mayors of Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Huntington, Morgantown and Louisville.

Today these cities, famous for their industries, are in decline. This is due to outdated infrastructure and enterprises, the need for advanced training and retraining of personnel. The global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the situation.

“This is why we are asking the federal government to adopt an ambitious response to save our industries and communities from destruction: the Marshall Plan for Central America”, – reads the message for The Washington Post.

“We, the mayors of eight cities, are banding together to demand real investment in our shared region that has fueled the US economy for generations but never got the attention it deserves”.

The authors recalled that after the Second World War, the United States provided European countries with 13 billion dollars, which is equivalent to today’s 143 billion. City governors require similar investments for their region. They are counting on Joe Biden, who is from Pennsylvania, to pay attention to his native land.

It is worth noting that Biden was directly involved in the deindustrialization of America, which led to the widespread destruction of the country’s productive capacity. This policy has provoked the erosion of the US manufacturing industry, with the further transfer of millions of well-paid jobs to offshoring.

As mayors note, Pittsburgh was not ready for such a scenario. Research by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business shows that “the Ohio Valley could lose 100,000 jobs as the fossil fuel economy continues to decline in the face of superior, cost-competitive renewable energy development”.

If left unresponsive, those jobs will be lost forever, the letter warns, stressing that fossil fuel companies are already “surviving on federal subsidies”.