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Funding a More Climate Resilient America

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

No politician wants to argue that the absence of debt means that we are not investing in the future. The recent collapse of a bridge in "good repair" on Interstate 5 in Washington reminds us of our inability to make choices and take care of basic needs.

Jan Diehm

LOOK: How Bad Are Your State's Bridges?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

In his State of the Union address this year, President Obama urged repairs of "the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country." H...

The I-5 Bridge Collapse and the Urgency of Fixing Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Brian Levin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

These bridges are ticking time bombs in dire need of repair. A collapse has the potential to rival the most destructive acts of terror, with the ability to kill thousands of people at once, from commuters to school children to truck drivers.

Mark Gongloff

Skagit River Bridge Collapse A Grim Reminder Of Austerity's Bite

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Don't believe austerity can kill you? Then you should feel totally safe driving over our nation's crumbling bridges. An epic government spending sq...

U.S. Infrastructure Down In World Rankings Since '08

Lucia Graves | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

The United States' global rank in infrastructure has dropped off considerably from where it was four years ago, both in absolute and relative terms, a...

759 Bridges In Washington Have Worse Scores Than The One That Collapsed

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

There are more than 700 bridges in Washington State with worse sufficiency scores than the bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River on Thursday nig...

Washington's Sinkhole. Literally.

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

We are sitting idly, watching, and suffering, as our nation disintegrates into a run-down backwater. At the same time, over 20 million people are in need of full-time work. Yet instead of grabbing this opportunity to rebuild the country, Washington is focused on cutting budgets.

The Lesson of Moore

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

No amount of money can prevent tornadoes, but the lack of a storm shelter can be seen as a cautionary tale, not different from a collapsed bridge that has not been properly maintained, or a derailed train running on used-up tracks.

Growing After the Crisis: Boosting Productivity in Developing Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries continue to face important challenges in boosting productivity growth in the difficult post-crisis environment, but also many opportunities to eliminate poverty and create shared prosperity.

Africa Investing in Africa

Richard Attias | Posted 06.28.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Big changes are needed if Africans are truly to benefit from the rich resources of their own continent. But those changes have begun, and I am optimistic about what the future holds.

Let's At Least Have a Sensible Tax Structure When It Comes to Infrastructure

Christopher H. Lee | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Christopher H. Lee

At a time of stagnant economic growth and dismal job prospects, especially for the youngest members of the workforce, real investment in infrastructure has the potential to create employment opportunities, spur economic growth and ensure that this country remains competitive.

2013: The Year of Public-Private Partnerships

Michael Deane | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Michael Deane

f the first four months of the year are any indication, we may look back on 2013 as the year of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Feds Hurting Economy With Move Against Municipal Bonds

Tom Cochran | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Cochran

Buried in the pages of President Obama's most recent budget proposal is a provision that stands to severely undermine the economic health of local communities across the country.

Until Subnational Debt Do Us Part

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The subnational debt market in some developing countries has been going through a notable transformation. Private capital is emerging to play an important role and subnational bonds increasingly competing with traditional bank loans.

Fueled by Tolling, Innovation Stems From Our Local Communities

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Patrick D. Jones

The funding crunch facing America's transportation infrastructure has made it crucial for our cities, counties, states and regions to find innovative ways of funding our mobility.

Obama & Buffett Bullish on P3s

Michael Likosky | Posted 04.04.2013 | Miami
Michael Likosky

Last week was a big one for public-private-partnerships: On Friday, President Obama fleshed out his partnership plan, which he had announced during t...

The Biggest Republican Lie -- 'America Is Broke'

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

America is not broke. We are not in a time of "scarcity" and when we buy into this fallacy, we contribute to political decisions that actually will do damage to our standard of living and that of our children.

How Fix It First Might Help the GOP Save Itself

Amy B. Dean | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Obama's override of congressional gridlock to invest in infrastructure might be the best thing to happen to Republicans in a long time.

Time for Change -- Shifting Energy Spending in Africa

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Antoinette Sayeh

For many years, countries in sub-Saharan Africa have spent large amounts on subsidizing fuel and electricity. For both sources of energy combined, this averages around 3-4 percent of GDP. Is this a good use of scarce resources?

Subsidizing Energy Consumption: Why it's Wrong and What Can Be Done About it

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

Let's face it. Everybody loves cheap energy. Almost all human activities require energy consumption and, if something is so basic, it seems pretty obv...

Nature's Silent Currency

Giulio Boccaletti | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Giulio Boccaletti

Unfortunately -- as we stare down a future that may require as much as 40 percent more water than today's accessible supply -- our traditional process is proving increasingly unsustainable.

Budgeting for Job Creation and Economic Growth

Lawrence Mishel | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Mishel

Too often our recent macroeconomic policy decisions and debates have been steered by a misguided obsession with deficit reduction. Instead, as the Back to Work budget does, we need to let our nation's needs guide us and find the revenue sources and defense savings that enable us to achieve our goals.

Trade: The World Is Not Flat Yet

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It's true that innovations like containerized shipping have reduced transportation costs for physical goods, but trade remains hampered by remaining costly-to-cross hills and canyons.

Hey, House GOP: We Need to (Re)Build Bridges, Not Burn Them

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Here we have an investment that would repair the beating heart of America -- its roads, airports, bridges, transit systems and energy grid -- and House Republicans would rather skip it and go golfing with their funders.

How the World Bank Undermines Its Own Development Goals

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank cannot afford to waste public resources on approaches that have failed in the past, and campaign groups will be closely watching the IDA negotiations that begin in Paris this week.