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Pleasures and Pains of Infrastructure

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 09.29.2016 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

An irritated Rhode Island citizenry has blocked a bid by the Pawtucket Red Sox, employing very few people and with a mostly seasonal business, to grab valuable public land and erect, with lots of public money, a stadium in downtown Providence, on Route 195-relocation land.

Congress: Please Fix Your "Water Fix"

Michael Curley | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Michael Curley

So, Congressmen, which would you rather have our Treasury lose $1,062,500 if you don't fix WIFIA, or $490,000, if you do? Here's your WIFIA agenda for 2016: permit funding of the non-WIFIA 51% with tax-exempt municipal bonds; and permit subordination!

'Green News Report' - September 24, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.24.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Pope Francis delivers morality and climate change message at the White H...

How Lengthy Environmental Review Harms the Environment

Philip K. Howard | Posted 09.21.2016 | Green
Philip K. Howard

The main barrier to rebuilding America's decrepit infrastructure is not financing, but red tape. Delays of a decade or longer are common. Now, ironically, it turns out that years spent in environmental review dramatically harm the environment.

The Best Anti-Poverty Program Is A Good Job

Algernon Austin | Posted 09.16.2016 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

A true 21st-century infrastructure will create millions of jobs and produce a stronger and more productive American economy. Some may assume that infrastructure investments will only benefit white construction workers, but this view is incorrect.

We Have Just One Planet (Not Four)

Denise Nelson | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Denise Nelson

The United States operates as if we have four planets to work with, and Europe operates as if they have two to three planets. If allowed to continue, this overuse of natural resources and reduction of ecosystem services will have devastating consequences worldwide.

Arctic Tipping Points Can Ripple Around the World

Johan Rockström | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Johan Rockström

But resilience is often misunderstood. It is not only about rolling with the punches and recovering from shocks. A resilient system, be it a city or planet, is where diversity is encouraged, connectivity is managed and new information is absorbed and used.

'Pay as You Go' Solar Power Rewriting the Book

Adrian Ely | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Adrian Ely

Beyond the focus on formal science and technology, innovation relies on education and training in engineering, design and management, and in order to make it relevant, innovators must be linked to -- and embedded within -- the communities that they seek to serve.

100 Great Ideas For the Future of Airports: An Exercise in Civic Engagement

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

If you care about the future of your city, few infrastructures have as much impact as your closest airport. But how can engaged citizens do anything meaningful to improve something so massive?

Post-Sandy Rebuilding For Resiliency: Lessons From Long Beach, NY

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.27.2016 | Green
Steven Cohen

I continue to believe that we need to recognize this fact of American life and create a form of federal reconstruction insurance to provide guaranteed funding to rebuild communities after disaster has struck. We cannot leave reconstruction finance in the unsteady hands of the U.S. Congress.

Is Verizon Planning on Becoming an All-Wireless-Only Company: Who Needs the Wires Anyway?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.24.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Of course almost everyone reading this has a cell phone. But, you may have been misled if you believe that the wires don't matter or that wireless services alone are the future.

The Private Infrastructure Opportunity

Michael Likosky | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Michael Likosky

Across America, cities and states remain cash strapped. At the same time, they have tremendous needs to modernize infrastructure projects and build new ones in order to grow out of crisis.

'Green News Report' - July 21, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.21.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Extreme weather whips major California freeways - from floods to fire, as...

Turning Back the Clock On Railroads

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 07.21.2016 | Business
Edward R. Hamberger

True people who do racist things don't deserve death at the hands of extremist, but that doesn't mean they can't be called out on their racist act

Airline Policies Stink--But It's Not All the Airlines' Fault

Roger Dow | Posted 07.17.2016 | Business
Roger Dow

Air travel has attained its place on the Mount Rushmore of easy targets, along with the DMV, the IRS and mothers-in-law: it's so expected that these things are going to be unpleasant to deal with that we hardly even complain anymore.

Did A Giant Pothole Swallow Your Car? Blame Congress.

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 15 days, the federal fund that pays for the nation’s highways, roads and bridges will run out of money. Lawmakers need to find $100...

House Passes 5-Month Funding Patch For Highways, Senate Takes Detour

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With two weeks left before a critical deadline, the House on Wednesday passed legislation funding the nation’s highways, bridges, and ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate GOP Keeps Eye On Long-Term Highway Bill As Clock Winds Down | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday remained adamant that in the coming weeks, they will act on a long-term fix for the federal fund that pays...

No More 'My Way or the Highway' - The Highway Needs to Win

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Congress still has not found or agreed upon a funding source to ensure that work on our roads and bridges continues after August 1 when the 33rd extension of the funding authorization for the program expires.

The Importance of Rural America

Vince Gill | Posted 07.10.2016 | Impact
Vince Gill

As a performer, I constantly look for ways to give back to my family, friends and fans who live in rural America. They are the heartbeat of our country.

How Some States Are Trying To Fix Their Crumbling Infrastructure

Pew's Stateline | Elaine S. Povich | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Oregon Started a Trend in 1919 with the Nation's First Gas Tax. Will It Do So Again?

Carl Davis | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Carl Davis

As of July 1, up to 5,000 Oregon drivers are allowed to sign up for a program called OReGO that will exempt them from Oregon's gas tax on the condition that they pay a new tax based directly on the number of miles they drive.

Banking On an Affordable New York

Keith Mestrich | Posted 07.01.2016 | New York
Keith Mestrich

The banking community has an opportunity to restore this trust and make good on our social contract with customers, communities, and policymakers. We should start by investing in homeownership, which has always been the foundation of the American Dream.

Regular Order on the Highway

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We all know there is no easy answer to the highway funding question but ignoring it extension by extension is certainly no solution. Road and bridge projects are not going to get any less expensive if they are pushed further into the future, and our roads won't get any safer through benign neglect.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Dems Threaten To Block More Short-Term Highway Fixes | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster any short-term extension of the federal fund that pays for the nation’s highways, bridg...