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A Transportation Infrastructure Plan for the 21st Century

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.18.2016 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

For generations, this country's transportation infrastructure served as the backbone of our economic success. We dreamed big, we built bigger, and our economy flourished. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth.

Except at CicLAvia, L.A.'s Streets Are No Work of Art

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It is only Tuesday but it is shaping up to be another great week in L.A. The transformational L.A. happening, CicLAvia Southeast Cities is on the book...

America’s Crumbling Dams Are A Disaster Waiting To Happen

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.18.2016 | Green

America’s infrastructure is crumbling. The dams are in particularly rough shape and many have deteriorated -- some to dangerous and potentially dead...

Railroads Can Ease the Burden of Our Infrastructure Woes

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 05.16.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

With America's highways and bridges facing a backlog of $740 billion in repairs, transportation experts agree that the United States -- even with progress made through passage of Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) in 2015 -- still has a long way to go.

Corporate Greed vs Critical Infrastructure: Greed Won. America Lost.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink control and have a monopoly over the state-based utility wires. State by state they had an obligation to not only maintain but to upgrade the states' critical infrastructure. They failed.

Solving Complex Water Challenges Requires Multiple Solutions

Michael Deane | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Michael Deane

This month, as America's attention is being drawn to Infrastructure Week (May 16-23), the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) wants to draw...

The Long View: What Are the Biggest Issues for the Energy Arena Over the Next 10 Years?

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

Stakeholders in the energy sector are focused on the ongoing legal battle over the Clean Power Plan, the potential rules on methane emissions and the ...

Brazil At the Crossroads

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil is at a crossroads. The country retains its tremendous potential. But to reach it, it must pick the right fork in the road.

Solutions for Stormwater in Seattle

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

In Seattle, we embrace the rain. We dress for it, play in it and enjoy the benefits of plentiful water and greenery as a result of it. But rain -- or more specifically stormwater run-off -- is destroying Puget Sound.

Open Data + Increased Disclosure = Better Public-Private Partnerships

FOMIN | Posted 04.27.2016 | Impact

By David Bloomgarden and Georg Neumann David Bloomgarden is acting chief of the Multilateral Investment Fund's Access to Basic Services and Green Gr...

A Toll Road That Harms Taxpayers and the Environment

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Not only is North Carolina giving up the right to control an important public asset for the next five decades, they've made it harder on themselves to make changes to address one of the biggest challenges of our time, climate change.

The LA River as Community Infrastructure

Michael Seo | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Michael Seo

US infrastructure is in a desperate state. The Senate Budget Committee references a 2013 study , "Report Card for America's Infrastructure American So...

Michigan Residents Are Pretty Unhappy With Rick Snyder

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics

One-fifth of Michigan residents polled blame Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for the avoidable lead poisoning emergency in the city of Flint, according to a poll...

Why New York's Democratic Debate Suddenly Seems A Lot More Important

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics

The moderators at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate shouldn’t have a hard time thinking up questions. It’s been more than a month since Hi...

The Most Substantive Debate in Recent Political History

David Morris | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime. Not that Hillary Clinton's campaign is devoid of ideas. She has some thoughtful ones. But the boldness of Sanders' proposals is what has driven this historic and instructive debate.

Paul Ryan Sorry for Calling Americans Takers, But Who Are the Real Takers?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

A question: If the takers aren't standing in the unemployment line or rushing home from the second job to change diapers, just where are they? Because an awful lot of America's resources have gone missing. Like money that should be going to education, job training, healing the sick, retirement funds, infrastructure and, you know--life.

The Importance of New York City's Water Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Steven Cohen

High quality infrastructure is not inexpensive but must be seen as an investment in the future. The problem for political decision makers is that reelection is often more important to them than some abstract notion of "the future."

The Hidden Water Crisis

Philippe Joubert | Posted 04.07.2016 | Green
Philippe Joubert

The impact on the water energy nexus is immediate; just one example is low water levels in West Bengal forcing the National Thermal Power Corporation's Farraka coal-fired plant to be shut down, causing severe outages.

Unprecedented Coalition Backs Governor Cuomo's LIRR Expansion Project

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 04.07.2016 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

An unprecedented coalition has formed in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project. The Right Track for Long Island C...

Africa Declining or Rising?

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business
Paul Mashegoane

There is a narrative that Africa is rich underground, not above ground with the notion of the resource curse. The Economist in 2000, published a magaz...

How Long Are Our Roads Supposed To Last?

WCCO - CBS Minnesota | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We are officially in road construction season — also known as spring and summer in Minnesota....

The World's Longest FLOATING Bridge Opens In Seattle

Atlas Obscura | Posted 04.06.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

This past weekend, Seattle replaced one superlative piece of infrastructure with another. Sitting atop Lake Washington, the new State Route 520 is now the longest floating bridge in the world.

Back to the Future: Clean Air, Clean Water for Kids

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Claire L. Barnett

Why are we struggling today to provide clean air and clean water for school children? These, and similar problems, are in our minds as we mark the 14th annual National Healthy Schools Day on Tuesday, April 5.

Big Lies About America's Telecommunications Lines

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

How many actual copper lines, much less fiber optic access lines are in service in America today? AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink claim that they are 'losing copper lines' and use this to drive public policy decisions to 'shut off the copper', raise rates or not maintain the copper networks.

Will the White House Moonshot on Water Affect Lead Levels?

GreenBiz Group | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
GreenBiz Group

It is currently estimated that the cost to replace lead-lined pipes in the U.S. is $40 billion, according to a Global Water Intelligence report from last year.