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Infrastructure

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos

Whether we're planning an Olympic Games or a new interstate highway, policymakers need to look past the short-term budget and scheduling constraints, and have a clear vision of how what is built today will be used tomorrow.

Unlikely Allies? Urbanization and Unconventional Oils

Deborah Gordon | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Deborah Gordon

From mass transit options to street design to parking provisions, the shape of cities and their transportation systems will help determine oil consumption patterns for billions of people worldwide.

The State of the Union... and our Highways

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

While the State of the Union is traditionally broad and sweeping in its scope, here are some very specific numbers for Congress and the White House to keep in mind as they consider the future of America's infrastructure.

7 State Of The Union Goals Obama Hasn't Fulfilled Since 2012

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business

It has been about a year since President Barack Obama delivered his last State Of The Union Address, so it's about time to check in on the state of hi...

The Need for a National Conversation about Water Infrastructure

Michael Deane | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Michael Deane

Drought is once again becoming part of our daily vocabulary. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports at least 36 states are expected to face water shortages by the end of this year.

Brazilian Competitiveness: Folia and Hangover

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As the Carnival in Brazil kicked off last weekend, Brazilians were ready for a party. They have reasons to celebrate. Despite a lackluster GDP performance in the last two years, unemployment rates remain at record low levels.

State of the Union: Episode IV -- A New (Progressive) Hope

Arshad Hasan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

The State of the Union is the president's first big opportunity to retrain our nation's focus on economic prosperity instead of austerity.

Why We Need an Investment Budget

Robert Reich | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The only way to ensure private investors will continue to invest America, and support the high living standards we want, is for Americans to be highly productive. This requires public investments in education, infrastructure, and basic R&D.

Confront Them, Mr. President: On Civics, Jobs, the Economy, Climate, Infrastructure, Education

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The remedy for losing one's proposals is to win a majority for them in the next election, not taking the American people hostage.

TBTF, TBTJ: Too Big to Exist

Mike Lux | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

I remain troubled by the fact that fundamental economic issues seem to be the last thing on anybody's minds in D.C. And looming over these economic problems is the elephant in the room: these Too Big To Fail, and apparently Too Big To Jail, Wall Street financial conglomerates.

Waiting for the State of the Union Address

David Coates | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Ideally, it is the silences in the last four SOTU addresses that will begin to be filled in next Tuesday night. The biggest of these silences -- the greatest domestic failure of this would-be progressive president -- has been on the issue of poverty and the need for anti-poverty programs.

Should We Tax Content Providers to Fund Broadband Build-out?

Nathan Newman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

With political leaders talking about general tax reform in D.C., it's also time to have a serious evaluation of how online content providers can help pay for the next generation of high-speed Internet and finally close the digital divide.

Sam Stein

In Exit Interview, Ray LaHood Warns Congress To Loosen The Purse Strings

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaving what he called "the best job I've ever had," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took some parting shots at lawmakers, mainly hi...

JLMC Begins Work in Senegal

Vivian Glyck | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Just Like My Child Foundation officially signed a covenant with community members for a sustainable water irrigation project, which aims to generate income within the community of Keur Cheikh in Senegal.

Critical Government Role Also in Declaration of Independence: The Next Sentence

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The critical role of government in securing our inalienable rights is as rooted in the Declaration of Independence as is the assertion of those rights themselves.

Brazil and China: Different Paths to Riches in Africa

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 01.22.2013 | World
Yuliya Neyman

Brazil and China both have a strong geopolitical incentive to establish a worldwide influence, and to be seen as benevolent powers in lesser-developed nations. Africa, which has until recently been all but ignored by U.S. investors, presents the most logical opportunity.

Natural Gas Leaks: A Risky Business in Need of a Fix

John B. Kassel | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
John B. Kassel

Ignoring leaky natural gas infrastructure is risky business. Let's fix what we have, and maximize our efficiency gains, before aggressively expanding. We'll be more sustainable, and safer, that way.

So Can We Focus on Jobs NOW?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Congress and the media paid homage to the agenda of the billionaires and Wall Street, with the manufactured "fiscal cliff" PR campaign frenzy that just ended. So now can we get back to the country's priorities? Can we talk about jobs now?

In the Footsteps of Ancient Rome: Does the U.S. Have a Chance?

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

The factors that lead to national or imperial decline are hardly mysterious. The fall of Rome, one of history's most momentous, has parallels with our current situation.

Our Tragedy of the Commons: Austerity That Doesn't Work

Harlan Green | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

All of the 'fiscal cliff' discussions have centered on how to cut government spending on public programs or raise enough revenues to diminish the deficit. But in fact there would be a much smaller deficit if the negotiations included reversing the neglect of our public resources.

Hawaii's Train to the Future

Laura Barrett | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
Laura Barrett

The path to a walkable, livable urban future is filled with hurdles. Take, for instance, the public transit battle being waged in Hawaii.

Built to Last: Proposition 39 and California's Schools

Kate Gordon | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Kate Gordon

Washington, take note: if our nation physically crumbles, our status as a world leader crumbles too. It's time to take action.

Public Works Work

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The United States of America is the richest country in the history of the world. So why is its foundation literally crumbling away? Consider these three areas of vital infrastructure in need of serious attention.

Whiny Tiny-Minded Titans & Loophole Logic

Jag Bhalla | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business
Jag Bhalla

What would happen if everybody did the same -- if everybody found a way to create a legal fig leaf loophole that allowed them to evade contributing to the costs of running the country, or rationalized why they should get payments from the public purse?

Weathering the Storm, Together

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 02.05.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

When neighbors plant food together, or find jobs improving buildings on their own block -- when they create reliable, safe infrastructure and common green space -- they increase their odds of surviving all kinds of hardships, from storms, to divisive politics, to economic recession.