Like Joplin, Mo., and Greensburg, Kan., Moore, Okla., should be be rebuilt green

05/22/2013 10:38 AM

05/22/2013 5:49 PM

Cleanup has started in Moore, Okla., where a two-mile wide, EF-5 tornado on Monday ripped up the town, killing 24 people, including nine children.

Rebuilding will start soon with help from the federal government and relief agencies. This is a time for Moore residents and city officials to plan to rebuild the city green.

It’s what’s happening in Joplin, Mo., after the May 2011 tornado there and in Greensburg, Kan., after the May 2007 tornado. Townspeople who’ve stayed used energy-saving material and renewable energy sources to put those communities back together better than they were.

Each community stands as as solid examples of what can happen in Moore to turn the tragedy into a futuristic and great example for the rest of the country. If enough cities went green with energy savings and renewables it would reduce greenhouse gas production and global warming.

Ultimately, devastating weather spawning floods, droughts, tornadoes and other storms wouldn’t happen as they keep recurring now.

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