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Infrastructure Sticker Shock: Financing Costs Exceed Construction

Funding infrastructure through bonds doubles the price or worse. Costs can be cut in half by funding through the state’s own bank.

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The Collapse of Infrastructure in One Chart

After the “austerity fervor” of the 2010 elections, Washington has seen a “sudden, steep drop” in building and restoring the nation’s infrastructure. The trend is illustrated in a single chart.

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Norway’s Billions Could Go Into Renewables

Norway is on the brink of instigating a potentially world-changing approach to climate change if it goes ahead with a plan to invest billions of dollars in global renewable energy projects.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


Crumbling Infrastructure Solution

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Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



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The Leveraged Buyout of America

Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How did they pull this off, and where did they get the money?

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE


Crumbling Infrastructure

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Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

It couldn’t be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened during the Cold War, but—given what’s happened in recent years—who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Problem With ‘Public-Private Partnerships’

When a plan to construct the first modern privatized highway in the United States did little to ease congestion, blocked residents from making further improvements and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, Californians had the opportunity to learn a lesson about the folly of privatizing transportation projects.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Let’s Get Ready to Crumble

The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded America’s roadways a grade of D-, rated one in four bridges as “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete” and warned that thousands of American dams are on the verge of failure.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan—or America

Why has the United States spent so much money and time so disastrously trying to rebuild occupied nations abroad, while allowing its own infrastructure to crumble untended? Why do we even think of that as “policy”?

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Job by Job

The effort to reduce unemployment is a grueling plant-by-plant, job-by-job process conducted by those seeking work, business people and local officials operating far from the media spotlight and simplistic rhetoric of the political campaign.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Russia’s Answer to Broken Roads

Like the United States, Russia struggles with crumbling infrastructure, but Moscow has devised a novel solution: lower standards.

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A Major Bump in the Road

Much rides on America’s highways, vital arteries in the movement of people and goods. The problem is, the roads are crumbling at a time when money to fix them is hard to come by. (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Vermont Feels Irene’s Wrath

While New York City escaped the worst of Tropical Storm Irene, much of Vermont did not. The state saw bridges washed away, roads battered and power lines downed in the midst of what officials say is the worst flooding in more than 80 years. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE


A Generation of Termites

The best recent estimates by civil engineers and government experts indicate that we would have to spend well over $2 trillion during the next five years on roads, bridges, airports, railways, transit, sewers, waterways, ports, dams, parks and schools simply to maintain them in decent condition.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Builder Barack Wants a Mini Stimulus (Update)

With unemployment still rising and the American infrastructure getting no less crumbly, President Obama is set to announce a six-year plan to build roads and create jobs, starting with a $50 billion investment. That’s assuming Congress gets on board the recovery train.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE



Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Haiti in Waiting

With a good degree of exasperation, Haiti’s president has been forced to remind the international community that only Brazil has paid in full on its promised aid following the earthquake that devastated the country in January.

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 READ MORE


Rebuilding an American Legacy

The collapse of American infrastructure is a shamefully old story by now, featuring scary statistics that must be updated regularly as the situation worsens.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE



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China Dries Up

A drought in southwestern China, where it has not rained in more than five months, is putting a damper on the lives of 50 million people, while costing the national economy $3 billion and leaving more than 20 million people without enough potable water.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE



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The Costs of a World Cup

The World Cup is coming and South Africa has overhauled its athletic infrastructure in preparation. But while only four games will be played in the city of Nelspruit, the government has spent $137 million on a new stadium there while many of its denizens live without electricity.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Announces $3.8 Trillion Budget for 2011

President Barack Obama on Monday announced his proposed 2011 budget, which includes boosted spending for creating jobs and waging wars, a potential tax on big banks, funding for infrastructure on the state and city levels ... and a whopping $1.6 trillion deficit for the fiscal year.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama: Let’s Get to Work

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama hailed the stimulus bill he recently signed, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as “the most sweeping economic recovery plan in history.” Here’s what he had to say to back up this big claim.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Infrastructure Spending Shafts the States That Need It

ProPublica did some digging into the infrastructure spending bundled into the stimulus package—the $100 billion that promises have the biggest impact in terms of job creation—and found that Wyoming is getting more than $20,100 per unemployed worker while Michigan, a state on the verge of a labor apocalypse, is expected to have to make do with just $2,434.37.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE


And Now for the Stimulus Tug of War

President Barack Obama has made it a point to reach across the aisle in trying to gain Republicans’ support for his stimulus plan, but judging by the results of Tuesday’s Senate vote, partisanship is still afoot in the halls of Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2009 READ MORE


Economic Policy That Might Actually Work? Who Knew?

After eight years of trickle-down tax cuts that pushed the prosperous up and left most everyday Americans sliding further down, the stimulus bill now moving swiftly through Congress is more than a reversal of political course. Let’s hope it’s not too late.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


Stimulus Brings on a Family Feud

President Obama’s visit with House and Senate Republicans this week was useful for setting a new tone and a refreshing break from the Bush administration’s habit of consulting almost no one. But it was a sideshow to the main battle over how to improve the economy, which is among Democrats.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Hey, Big Spender: Obama Talks Stimulus

Barack Obama is coming out of the gate with quite the to-do list, not the least part being his new economic recovery plan, which carries quite the price tag at about $1 trillion. What is he thinking? Here, Obama gives some details in his weekly online address.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama Lays Out Stimulus Plan

What’s it going to take to jump-start the economy? How does almost a trillion dollars sound? That’s the amount that President Barack Obama is considering for his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, which he introduced to the public in his weekly address on Saturday.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009 READ MORE



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What Does $825 Billion of Stimulation Feel Like?

There will be negotiation, revision and capitulation, but the basic guts of the Democrats’ $825 billion stimulus package are out in the open. There’s billions for infrastructure, billions for schools and billions for you and me. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) responded by saying “Oh. My. God,” which we’ll take to mean, “Praise Jesus! The Democrats have done it again.”

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 READ MORE



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This Common-Sense Solution Brought to You by the 19th Century

Barack Obama wants to spend as much as a trillion dollars on the nation’s infrastructure, from roads to bridges. A video on his transition Web site even touts the economic advantages of fixing potholes. Why so car-centric? A new article in the Washington Monthly claims that spending some of that money on rail lines instead of roads could pay dividends.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Gets to Work on Economy

In his weekly address posted on Change.gov Friday, Barack Obama explains why he’s starting his job before assuming office: It’s the economy, stupid.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Protest In West Bank
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Gaza’s ‘Critical Emergency’

The United Nations marked Israel’s seventh day of aerial attacks by warning of a “critical emergency” in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians endure food and medical supply shortages and distribution problems even as estimates of dead and wounded Palestinians continue to rise.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Barack Obama
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Obama’s New Deal

Barack Obama unveiled his $60-billion economic rescue plan on Monday and urged Washington not to wait for a new president to take up his proposals. The Obama plan includes tax breaks for companies that hire new workers, a short moratorium on foreclosures and, with an eye on job creation, federal financing for public works and infrastructure projects.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 READ MORE



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Bridge Repairs Going Nowhere

According to an AP review of more than 1,000 structures, just 12 percent of the nation’s most troubled and traveled bridges have been repaired since the deadly collapse of a Minneapolis bridge a year ago. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but most officials seem to agree that the money just isn’t there.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


Beyond Swift Boat

We’ve gotten used to the idea of independent groups funneling soft money into political campaign ads, but in this election some progressives are trying to do something entirely new. According to a report by NPR and the Center for Investigative Reporting, a band of crafty activists is trying to create a grand network for progressive issues and groups.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


Review of Bridges Ordered After Collapse

As divers continue their search for bodies in the Mississippi River after Wednesday’s bridge collapse in Minneapolis, federal transportation officials are calling for a review of some 700 similar structures.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


Back to Basics

In a world filled with problems—Iraq, terrorism and so on—we tend to ignore the boring ones. Which is why, sadly, bridges will collapse and levees will break.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


America: Iraq on Its Own to Rebuild

The U.S. has apparently just told Iraq that it should no longer expect American dollars to aid in the country’s reconstruction—rather, Iraq must rely on its own revenues.
Did anyone know this was coming?

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


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