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smokestack industry

noun [C]    
PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES an industry involved in making things using processes that burn a lot of coal or oil and produce a lot of pollution : Unlike old smokestack industries that stagnated in the 1970s and 1980s, the tech field is strong and diverse . The transition from the smokestack industries of the past has been painful , but necessary .
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