Could FDR's New Deal Conservation Program Get us Out of Debt? (Slideshow)

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Photo credit: Friends of Seney National Wildlife Refuge/Creative Commons

It seems too good to be true: But yes, industry experts say clean tech and green industry has the potential to spark a new economic revolution—creating jobs and rebuilding a fractured economy.

The idea is exciting, especially as the country struggles to climb out of recession. Recruiting unemployed Americans to go to work for the environment, however, is far from a new idea.

The Civilian Conservation Corps—started by FDR as part of his New Deal relief program—did just that in the 1930s. Their work—which still stands on state and national park land—helped to rebuild vast environmental devastation across the country.


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