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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.

Are Hurricanes Our Next Dust Bowl?

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Thomas Fisher

We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way.

Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Most commentators were quite surprised that America's southern neighbor and economic partner did not play a greater role to the 2012 candidates' future plans. It can be explained by both the nature of the debate and the declining role of the United States in the region.

In Indianapolis, Green Economy Takes Root

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 11.28.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Once considered one of the most conservative cities in the country, and known largely for its industrial manufacturing history, Indianapolis may seem like an unlikely leader in the movement to create more vibrant, healthy, equitable communities.

In the Face of Climate Change, Infrastructure Is More Important Than Ever

Jeremy Hays | Posted 01.28.2013 | Green
Jeremy Hays

If we're smart, we won't wait for another wake-up call like Sandy before we start doing the work to protect our communities. We need to put our federal dollars where they count: Building and fixing the infrastructure that will protect us from the ravages of climate change.

Lowering Taxes For The Wealthy: A Failed Experiment

New York Times | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics

In upper-middle-class suburbs on the East Coast, the newest must-have isn’t a $7,500 Sub-Zero refrigerator. It’s a standby generator that automati...

World Toilet Day Has a Different Meaning in Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

While we celebrate the civilizing influence of indoor plumbing on International Toilet Day, there is nothing civil about the Greater Chicago Region dumping intestinal miasma on our southward neighbors.

The Grand Bargain Needs to Be a Whole Lot Grander

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Karen Hinton

The negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff have been described as a "grand bargain," but from where I sit it seems more like a big bust and a lot of lost opportunities.

Spending Quality Techy Time with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Mike Montgomery | Posted 01.20.2013 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

Maybe it's what you'd expect from Silicon Valley's representative in Congress, but Congresswoman Anna Eshoo really understands the intimate connection between public policy and our digital future.

Republican Scam on "Not Raising Taxes": Why Democrats Should HOPE All the Cuts Expire

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

No one should continue to indulge this fiction. Republicans have voted to raise taxes. Repeatedly. They just did it again in 2010.

18 Lessons NYC Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy

Harris Silver | Posted 11.16.2012 | New York
Harris Silver

Plan for 10,000-year storms, not 100-year storms. Understand that sustainability is not just a low carbon foot print. Switch power generation from centralized systems to decentralized systems.

How $60 Billion in Federal Infrastructure Spending Can Put One Million People Back to Work

Barry B. LePatner | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business
Barry B. LePatner

We've survived the election of 2012. Now what? I propose that it would be a great step in the right direction for our reelected president and all those elected officials returning to or starting out in office to make a serious and tangible investment in our nation by investing in the nation's infrastructure.

America Begins Nation-Building at Home

Nick Turse | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Nick Turse

In the final days of the presidential campaign, President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that it was time to reap a peace dividend as America's wars wind down. Nation-building here at home should, he insisted, be put on the agenda.

Life, Death, and Taxes: How Language Impacts Reinvention and Motivation

Russell C. Smith | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

You can't have death without life, and you can't pay taxes unless you're a part of something bigger than yourself.

Fixing America's Water Infrastructure: No Better Time Than Now

Gretchen W. McClain | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Gretchen W. McClain

As the recent devastation from Hurricane Sandy has made tragically visible, our country's water infrastructure is in critical need of greater investments and modernization. And what better time to revitalize our infrastructure than now, in the wake of this month's elections -- with a second administration for the President and a new Congress on the way?

Good Rich, Bad Rich

Jag Bhalla | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

I am not remotely against the rich: It would be great if many more were rich. But to simplify for the sake of a useful argument, we need to distinguish at least two kinds of rich: the good in-it-together rich and the bad in-it-only-for-themselves rich.

What Sandy Is Teaching New York City That 9/11 Didn't

Eric Roston | Posted 01.06.2013 | New York
Eric Roston

Superstorm Sandy delivers a message first heard on Sept. 11, 2001: New York, as a proxy for the United States, is unprepared for anticipated 21st century threats.

The Two Key Investments to Build Back Better Post-Sandy

Susan Crawford | Posted 01.06.2013 | New York
Susan Crawford

What disempowered New Yorkers most wanted during the storm, in addition to safety and electricity, was a way to communicate. Our communications problems boil down to two central issues: Lack of capacity and lack of a safety net.

Forewarned Is Forearmed, Except When It Isn't

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As told most famously by Shelley, the kingdom of Ozymandias fell to ruin in the desert sand. We are misguided to think we are too mighty to do the same. Signs of our vulnerability abound.

Shelter From the Storm? The Entire Nation Has Infrastructure Lessons to Learn From Hurricane Sandy

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Spectacular storm Sandy immobilizes the biggest city in America, along with large swaths of the East Coast, and I find myself thinking about the most unspectacular stuff... infrastructure.

How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure -- In Spite of Hurricane Sandy

Daniel Moss | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Daniel Moss

Post-Sandy, New York City is awash with problems, but in most cases drinking water quality is not one of them.

Fix the Debt or Save the Coasts?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The new normal is here, the legacy of our denial of the reality of climate change. The federal government needs to do a comprehensive assessment of the public investment necessary to protect our coasts, which will run into the trillions of dollars.

Down & Out in Darkest, Just-Post-"Sandy" New Jersey

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 11.02.2012 | Impact
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

I knew it was going to be bad from the moment I heard Brian Williams tell me so early last week. I believed him, but most of my nearest and dearest hereabouts did not. How could they, really?