rust belt

noun, often capitalized R&B

Definition of rust belt

: the northeastern and midwestern states of the U.S. in which heavy industry has declined

called also rust bowl

Examples of rust belt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without creative thinking, the fossil fuel industry will collapse, and Houston will turn into a warmer, wetter rust belt. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Rice University professor pokes Houston’s energy elite with climate change warnings," 5 Mar. 2020 And while Buttigieg's recent ads don't feature Obama, his latest ad blitz to follow the New Hampshire primary revolves around rust belt states, focusing on counties that flipped from Obama to Donald Trump in 2016. Soo Rin Kim And, ABC News, "Barack Obama might not be on the Democratic ballot, but he's on the airwaves," 11 Feb. 2020 Trumka noted that a key factor in President Trump's election victories in the crucial rust belt states Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania was his campaign promise to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Sara Cook, CBS News, "Top labor leader says 2020 Democrats must consider union-brokered health insurance plans," 29 Aug. 2019 So bitcoin miners, who care more about electricity costs than location, happily moved into renewable-powered rust belts around the world. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A new report claims bitcoin is mostly powered by renewable energy. Really?," 18 June 2019 On Saturday, Glor will discuss the changes that have been made throughout Cleveland and the rust belt in the decades since the iconic fires. CBS News, "New "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Jeff Glor reports on Cuyahoga River 50 years after iconic fire," 21 June 2019 Green new deal divide: Some California union members are rejecting the progressive Green New Deal proposal, in a possible sign of turbulence for the issue in rust belt states. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "California 2020 Countdown: Is getting booed a good campaign strategy? It worked for Dianne Feinstein," 6 June 2019 Among the bonds that defaulted last year was a 1 billion yuan five-year security issued by Jilin Liyuan Precision Manufacturing Co. , an aluminum product maker from China’s northeastern rust belt. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Default Fears Add Fresh Stress to Chinese Private Sector," 11 Jan. 2019 But then came the industrial decline, and Duluth became just another rust belt community suffering an economic hangover. James Fallows, CBS News, "A small town America in renewal," 6 May 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Rust belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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