LOCATED IN THE Pacific Northwest, Idaho, the 13th largest state in the United States, is also one of the fastest-growing states. Famous for its potato crop, it is an important agricultural state, producing one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States. Manufacturing, particularly electronics manufacturing, and tourism are also major contributors to Idaho's economy, which, according to some sources, is the fastest growing economy in the nation. Perhaps because the state's energy consumption is relatively low (40th among the 50 states) and because it once produced more than 80 percent of its power through hydroelectric facilities, Idaho has been slow to confront climate change and its effects. In 2007, however, the state took a number of significant steps to become more environmentally responsible.

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