Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

Apr
2014
16

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval
  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed Keystone XL pipeline approved.  Last week, eleven Senate Democrats came out in favor of the project, including five who are seeking reelection this year. A key driver of support for the project is job-creation, some of which ...
Feb
2014
12

ACTUAL SURVEY: Nearly 1 in 5 Taiwanese Say High-Speed Rail Has “Saved Romantic Relationships”

ACTUAL SURVEY: Nearly 1 in 5 Taiwanese Say High-Speed Rail Has
  High-Speed Rail (HSR) is a divisive issue. It has turned partisan in some instances, while other battles have been over the union vs. non-union aspect of its construction. News about the future of HSR is guaranteed to draw a strong response from all sides.  And though we’d love to spend some time discussing the ...
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Jan
2014
29

S&P Report: Infrastructure Investment Looking Mighty Fine to Financial Institutions

  According to a new report by Standard and Poor’s Rating Service, pension funds, insurance companies and other financial institutions could help reduce the $500 billion annual infrastructure funding gap by the year 2030 by following through on their own investment mix goals.  Infrastructure needs continue to pile-up and private-public...
Jan
2014
3

Underreported Attack on California Power Station Exposes Physical World Grid Vulnerability

Underreported Attack on California Power Station Exposes Physical World Grid Vulnerability
  A day after the Boston Marathon bombings, a military-style attack was levied on a California power station.  Largely unmentioned and as yet unsolved, the story got buried by the Tsarnaev brothers’ terrorist tragedy and ensuing manhunt. But California Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee,...
Nov
2013
18

Scientists Who Believe in Climate Change Pen Pro-Nuclear Power Letter to Environmentalists

Scientists Who Believe in Climate Change Pen Pro-Nuclear Power Letter to Environmentalists
  A recent letter from four top U.S. scientists to environmental groups argued that renewable energy will not be sufficient to meet future needs. It suggests an emphasis on safe nuclear power is necessary.   The letter was signed by James Hansen, a former top NASA scientist; Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution; Kerry Emanuel ...
Oct
2013
22

Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending

Laborers Furious as PA GOP Attempts to Tie Prevailing Wage Repeal to Infrastructure Spending
  Pennsylvania’s broken record budget battle, in which the GOP is holding much needed infrastructure spending hostage in exchange for slashing wage protections, has laborers fuming. The House is 30 votes shy of being able to pass a gas tax hike needed to fund the infrastructure and transportation plan, so Republicans are attaching a...
Sep
2013
30

WI Bridge Buckles With Drivers On It, Rekindling Debate About Infrastructure-Building Gas Tax Gov. Walker Rejected

WI Bridge Buckles With Drivers On It, Rekindling Debate About Infrastructure-Building Gas Tax Gov. Walker Rejected
  In Wisconsin, a 400-foot span of the Leo Frigo Bridge began to sag last Wednesday causing police to close the bridge which carries I-43 traffic over the Fox River.  In a press conference, officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said that Pier 22, a structure below the bridge, was responsible for the sag. ...
Aug
2013
8

Delta Water Tunnel Plan Would Create 177,000 CA Jobs Over 50 Years, Gov. Brown Says

Delta Water Tunnel Plan Would Create 177,000 CA Jobs Over 50 Years, Gov. Brown Says
  A new water plan for California from Gov. Jerry Brown would spur $83.5 billion in new economic activity and create 177,000 construction and Delta restoration-related jobs in the next 50 years according to the governor’s office.  The plan would help modernize California’s water systems by building two massive, 35-mile long tunnels...
Jun
2013
14

WI Gov Walker to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Paid for by Students and Donors

WI Gov Walker to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Paid for by Students and Donors
  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s latest plan to lower his state’s debt revolves around selling off the state’s universities, highways and prisons despite the potential long-term drawbacks.  Among the targets are buildings originally paid for by student fees and donations throughout the University of Wisconsin school system. This...
May
2013
28

DAGSKAGIT! Public Construction Spending As Percentage of GDP at Lowest Point in 20 Years

DAGSKAGIT!  Public Construction Spending As Percentage of GDP at Lowest Point in 20 Years
  Over the weekend, a national conversation about our nation’s decaying infrastructure finally became audible in the wake of a bridge collapse in Washington state.  At the heart of the matter is America’s need to increase infrastructure spending by any means available: congressional loans; an infrastructure bank; and/or incentivizing...
May
2013
28

Union Workers, New Sec. of Energy Moniz Gear Up for LNG Export Facility Expansion

Union Workers, New Sec. of Energy Moniz Gear Up for LNG Export Facility Expansion
Workers across the nation are preparing to reap the benefits of the liquid natural gas (LNG) boom that is sweeping that nation. The infrastructure needed to export LNG is taking shape and will mean a jobs boost in several states and municipalities. Earlier this year, we wrote about International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) locals ...
May
2013
24

Look, Everybody! I Fixed the I-5 Skagit Bridge So You Can Drive Over It Again!

Look, Everybody! I Fixed the I-5 Skagit Bridge So You Can Drive Over It Again!
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