UPDATE: Thousands more people are now being employed in the "restoration economy" to clean up the oil spill. Jobs are just one more reason why we need a national effort to restore the Gulf ecosystem. There's a new economy springing up around the country -- but it's operating almost entirely in secret. It's called "the restoration economy" and it's remaking America's landscape while putting millions of people to work. This economy is devoted to restoring what's been lost: degraded forests, watersheds, oceans, cities, communities, buildings, transit -- and it's the product of a major turning point in our history that's …
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Glenn Hurowitz is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.