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A Trillion Dollars for Infrastructure Left on the Table

Michael Curley | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Curley

While legislators and policy makers wring their hands over the condition of our nation's infrastructure and waterways, there is over $1 trillion -- conservatively at hand -- to fix the problems.

Philippines' Haiyan Tragedy: What Went Wrong?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

For many critics, the state fell short of fulfilling its most fundamental responsibilities, since thousands of survivors, reports suggest, struggled with hunger, chaos, and disease days into Haiyan's landfall.

Renewable Resources: We Sorely Need to Develop a Culture that Embraces Them

Michael Zacka | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

What's draining U.S. energy resources faster than any other product or technology? Cars? Lighting? HVAC? Refrigeration? None of the above.

One Year Later, Hurricane Sandy From Those Who Fixed It

David Foster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
David Foster

The Greatest Generation built America's modern infrastructure, but Americans now have a choice to make. Will we be caretakers of the hard work of past generations who built our transportation, communications, water and energy transmission systems? Or will we squander it?

Smart Investments Today Will Prepare West Virginia's Infrastructure for the Future

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

The U.S. was once a global leader in building and maintaining our infrastructure, but that's no longer the case. After decades of under-investment in our roads, airports and air traffic control systems, rails, and ports, we have fallen far behind -- and it's staring us in the face.

House Passes Bipartisan Water Bill

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats unit...

The Only Solution for the Budget Committee: How to Muddle Through to 2015

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans serve ideological masters, Democrats serve constituencies. None of the Democrats' constituencies fare well under Republican ideology, and nothing that serves Democrats' constituencies satisfies Republican ideology. Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.

The Infrastructure Imperative: How Investing in Campus Technology Infrastructure Increases Access and Improves Learning for Students

Sean Devine | Posted 12.11.2013 | College
Sean Devine

If you take a peek inside a college students' backpack, in many cases you will find that smartphones, tablets, portable computers and e-readers have long since replaced more traditional essentials such as notebooks, pencils and textbooks.

GOP Financial Terrorism Must End, Shutdown Must End, Social Security and Medicare Must NOT Be Cut

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The latest offer from those I have called Banana Republicans would keep the government shut down and threaten again to default the nation and crash wo...

A Haitian Solution for Public Infrastructure to Eliminate Diarrheal Disease

Alan Ricks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alan Ricks

It is undeniable that Haiti needs -- and deserves -- a functional and dignified solution that provides the major tools to combat diarrheal disease -- clean water, primary healthcare, and clean waste. This is not a Haitian problem: It is a global one.

The Age of Oversupply: Good Argument Tough Sell

Dean Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Dean Baker

Daniel Alpert makes a compelling case that the U.S. and the world are stuck in a serious crisis of insufficient demand. Alpert is focused on the government spending route to restoring full employment, which is great, but this is not the only possible route.

Climate Change and Urban Sustainability: Building the Infrastructure for Resilience

Francesca Vietor | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Francesca Vietor

How do we build our urban centers so that we are both climate resilient and able to keep up with our growing population? How can we engage our communities and urbanites while we build the green job economy that holds such promise?

Resource-Backed Investment Finance in Least Developed Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

What kind of financing opportunities could result for infrastructure from the combination of natural resource abundance, governments' lack of capital market access, and weak governance environments? As it turns out, quite a few.

Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

Mattea Kramer | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Right now is a rare moment when two pieces of bad news Americans are accustomed to hearing could be converted into one piece of very good news.

No Deal Is a Big Deal for Chicago

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Donald Cohen

Last week, Rahm Emanuel announced the city was putting a halt to the long-running negotiations to privatize Midway Airport. The long-term lease had long been trumpeted as an opportunity to modernize the airport and help stabilize city finances but the mayor decided the deal just wasn't good enough.

Ecuador's Lessons in Balancing Conservation and Development

Nathalie Cely | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Nathalie Cely

Our vision is to work to achieve both growth and conservation. We owe this to future generations and to our commitment to keep investing in our country's most precious resource: our human talent.

Preparing for War

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

Yesterday in a meeting, a colleague asked about what will be needed after the conflict in Syria, what we could help with. I looked down. I was thinking, there's not much we can do if the infrastructure of the country is wiped out.

Back to a Healthier, Safer School

David Foster | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
David Foster

For millions of kids, it's time to head back into the classroom where the average public school building in the United States is over 40 years old, and many are much older. Our children are bearing the brunt of these crumbling buildings.

'Green News Report' -- August 22, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

'Green News Report' is heard on many fine radio stations around the country. For additional info on stories we covered today, plus today's 'Green News Extra', please click right here...

Martin Luther King's Dream of Jobs and Freedom

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Our country was founded on the dream that We the People can do things for each other instead of depending on the rich and powerful to throw us scraps. We have lost sight of that dream.

Creative Communities For the Creative Age

John M. Eger | Posted 10.21.2013 | Technology
John M. Eger

Leaving the presidency of the Ford Foundation next month, Luis A. Ubiñas, lamented that "half of Americans don't own a Smartphone, one-third lack a...

The Brazilian Government Has Woken Up

Kátia Abreu | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Kátia Abreu

The cost of transporting soybeans from the city of Sorriso (Brazilian West) to China through Santos, the main port in Brazil, is approximately $ 190/t...

Musk's Hyperloop: Getting Past the Dog at the Gate

Jim Moore | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Hyperloop's biggest obstacle is the ever-growling Cerberus of the people's pocketbook: a dollar-sniffing watchdog with the three heads of public resistance, legislative reluctance, and administrative recalcitrance. Sneaking a good idea past this hell hound is a Heraclean task.

How the Richest 1 Percent Control the 99 Percent in Elysium, and in America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

In accepting the gross income inequality, obscene wealth gap, inexcusable corporate excesses, and blatant political corruption that we do today, we are already laying the groundwork for a real-world Elysium.

Development Banks and Post-Crisis Blues in Investment Finance

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

International long-term private finance to developing countries has changed dramatically in the wake of the global financial crisis. In such a context, it is no surprise that the creation/expansion of national and multilateral development banks has been getting so much attention.