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Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

Laura Barron-Lopez

On To The Next Crisis: GOP Lawmakers Divided On Highway Funding As Trust Fund Expiration Looms | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal money pot that pays for roads, bridges and mass transit expires in one month, and lawmakers are struggling to build support ...

Manufacturing and Infrastructure: Now Is the Time to Act

Christian Caballero | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Christian Caballero

News that the U.S. economy grew at an anemic 0.2 percent (GDP) during the first quarter of 2015 should trigger a reaction by policymakers in Washington.

10 Illinois Counties With the Most Structurally Deficient Bridges

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Here's a look at the state's bridge inventory and the number of structurally deficient rural and urban bridges, as well as the top 10 most traveled structurally deficient bridges in Illinois.

Infrastructure Salvation

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

We need an infusion of federal money to restore the nation's infrastructure to good working order, not to mention all the jobs that would be created. (Shockingly, our nation has a mediocre ranking internationally in regard to infrastructure, even as federal spending has been steadily declining.)

Money, Money, Money

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

There is an old saying, "Money is the root of all evil." While money may not cause evil in all circumstances, it certainly can sway some people toward the path of corruption and bad behavior.

'Green News Report' - April 28, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Devastation and rescue in Nepal after massive earthquake; March 2015 the ...

Proposal 1 Proves Republican Incompetence

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

The fact that the people voters tasked with making the tough decisions are so afraid of losing their jobs that they would put the desires of a fringe "no new taxes" group ahead of the needs of their constituents suggests that the real problem here is not road or education funding but a complete and total failure of leadership.

Bonding the Future: Green Bonds for a Greener Planet

Scott M. Stringer | Posted 06.20.2015 | New York
Scott M. Stringer

In New York City, our coastline, growing population and aging infrastructure put us on the front lines of the climate battle, which poses challenges to our future prosperity and quality of life.

U.S. Infrastructure Woes Run Deep

Michael Degernes | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Degernes

The U.S. economy's not the only thing that needs repairing. Despite being one of the early movers in infrastructure, the U.S. has now fallen behind with the upkeep.

Solving America's Infrastructure Crisis

Michael Likosky | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Michael Likosky

Most Americans are now well aware that we have an infrastructure crisis that goes beyond long commute times. We all nod in agreement when some of our airports are likened to those of Third World countries.

Infrastructure 2: Congress and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Roads

Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Joshua L. Schank, Ph.D.

Some people see infrastructure as about as exciting as watching paint dry. We here at the Eno Center for Transportation, a national transportation policy think tank, eat reports on infrastructure for breakfast. And we know that our infrastructure needs much more than a new coat of paint.

Paving Paradise in Mexico City: Megaprojects Cater to Cars, Ignore Citizens

David R. K. Adler | Posted 06.13.2015 | Latino Voices
David R. K. Adler

At Friday's protest, Mixcoac residents gathered to voice their dissent. "If the government keeps removing trees," one resident announced over a loudspeaker, "We will replant them!"

Will Any Presidential Candidate Commit to Fixing Our Nation's Infrastructure?

Dante Disparte | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Dante Disparte

This week's power failure in parts of Washington, D.C. are a reminder, as if one were needed, about the deplorable state of infrastructure more generally in the United States.

St. Louis' $5 Billion Sewer Upgrade Could Bring Much-Needed Jobs

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Angela Glover Blackwell

All over the country, cities are preparing to put billions of dollars into much-needed upgrades to aging and outdated water and sewer systems.

Will Congress Be Duped Again on Offshore Taxes?

Sarah Anderson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

Lawmakers claim that short-term revenue from a discount tax on offshore profits is needed to pay for urgent investments in public infrastructure. But if we're serious about fixing our crumbling bridges, roads, and dams, we should start by fixing our broken corporate tax system.

"Spring" Into Action: Prevent Sewer Overflows and Keep the Lakes Great

Roger Germann | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Roger Germann

Spring on the Great Lakes is a time when the ice covering the lakes melts, snowfall is gradually replaced by rainfall, and below the surface of the lakes, migratory fish start their move towards the rivers and streams where they'll spawn.

The Places America Forgot

David Fontana | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
David Fontana

What can we do to revitalize the smaller cities and towns in America, and give Americans a choice about what type of place they can call home? This is not the first time in American history we have had a problem with parts of the country being left behind. We should revisit some of the policies that worked before.

Tackling Climate Change -- For Our Kids

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Jim Yong Kim

The world needs to put the brakes on climate change. But any plan to tackle climate change can't sacrifice economic growth if we hope to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and ensure that poor people gain access to energy. We need to decouple growth from carbon emissions. Here are five ways the world can shift to a low-carbon growth path.

A Roadmap for Resilient Infrastructure Investment

Shalini Vajjhala | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Shalini Vajjhala

A water main breaks every two minutes across the U.S. Instead of looking for the closest Band-Aid, cities and developers should think bigger and figure out what else they can fix at the same time to save money over time and reinvest in resilience.

Often Overlooked, Infrastructure Receives John Oliver Boost

Edward Wytkind | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

It shouldn't take a comedian cracking jokes for us to realize the dire state of our infrastructure, but that's the trouble with a crisis that hides in plain sight. Despite record ridership year after year, deteriorating transit systems are cutting service and jobs

How Productivity Can Save an Aging World

James Manyika | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
James Manyika

SAN FRANCISCO -- To overcome the drag on growth of an aging world, we need to be smarter and more effective in everything that we do. We don't need to reinvent the wheel -- just by adopting best practices that already exist will get us most of the way to where we need to be. Fully embracing new technologies will do the rest.

What I Hate...

Gerry Myers | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

I hate that we are leaving such a mess to our children and grandchildren. Solution: Congress should stop acting like children and do their jobs.

Democrats Answer the False Choice of Growth Versus Redistribution With Inclusive Prosperity

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Democrats have not done well at all in telling their story and explaining their policies in a coherent manner. At the same time Republicans have been doing at least as well in addressing their message to the middle class voters.

Artificial Intelligence Technology Is 'Breaking Out of the Box'

Peter Mellgard | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

"The exponential improvement in the elements of computing is not about to run out of gas. We've got generations more of it to go. Geeks out there are going to take that computational power and that ocean of data and do things that astonish us."