Cool Red State Happening
I've been thinking I'd like to make this a regular thing on My Amusement Park because I'm always happening upon some fabulous development out there in those dreaded red states and love to make sure my readers know what's up.
REYNOLDS, Ind. This corn and soybean and hog farming town, which pops up out of nowhere at a crossroads and disappears as fast, has only 533 residents left. As in many withering rural communities, worries here lean toward keeping the school open, persuading sons and daughters to stay and finding a role for small farms in a changed economy. But a different worry has risen here, too.
With government financing and help from state agriculture officials, Reynolds is wrestling with the nation's dependence on ordinary energy supplies and starting a one-town rebellion. Some say the goal may be too ambitious, too fantastic, for any place, much less little Reynolds. True, most of the plans are just that, for now. But in the end, the town wants to secede from America's energy grid, and power itself entirely with renewable sources, like its corn and pigs.
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