New Castle and the nearby "Iron City" (Pittsburgh) are both nearly dead center in the red scatter diagram of the Rust Belt on this map showing the continental USA. The Rust Belt is highlighted on the above map in red. Manufacturing Belt, highlighted in red. Rust Belt, highlighted in red. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What is happening there and elsewhere across the country duplicates the demise of our manufacturing infrastructure in the "Rust Belt" beginning in the 1970s. American short-sightedness and our willingness to waste our resources, as if they are unlimited, amazes and baffles me.