Infrastructure

The future of these children depends on a crash program for nuclear power.

For Humanity’s Sake, Go Nuclear Now!

by Nancy Spannaus Oct. 31, 2021—On the eve of the United Nations’ climate conference COP26, I feel compelled to address the fundamental issue at stake in the debate over what is called global energy policy. That issue is actually not an energy policy as such, but the following: Are we […]

by October 31, 2021 1 comment Commentary, Nuclear Power
President McKinley's Final Address in Buffalo Before His Assassination

Today’s Supply Chain Woes: An Historical Perspective from President William McKinley

By John Ascher October 18, 2021-Hundreds of cargo ships now wait weeks at various US ports, as the impact of the Covid pandemic has created labor shortages, while simultaneously increasing consumer purchases. The globalized “just in time” system has been pushed to the brink. The Biden Administration has responded with […]

The Second Bank of the United States was key to the U.S.'s 1820 infrastructure boom.

Movement for National Infrastructure Bank Grows

By Nancy Spannaus July 21, 2021—Over the last few months, legislators in five states have passed Memorials to Congress urging the passage of a $5 trillion National Infrastructure Bank (NIB), as outlined in the current House Bill 3339. Both houses in Maine, Nevada, and Rhode Island have endorsed such legislation, […]

by July 22, 2021 0 comments Infrastructure, News
South Africa's nuclear plant, the only one on the continent so far.

Africa Is Choosing Nuclear Power

By Nancy Spannaus May 24, 2021—Did you know that 12 nations on the African continent are currently exploring prospects for vastly improving their energy systems by building nuclear power plants? Lawrence Freeman, editor of the blog AfricaandtheWorld, has just published a report on the progress that’s being made. Africa is […]

by May 24, 2021 0 comments News, Nuclear Power
The Norris Dam at Muscle Shoals, the signature dam of FDR's TVA

How FDR Built Vital Infrastructure

Part four of the series Funding Infrastructure the American System Way By Nancy Spannaus April 22, 2021—From rural electrification to roads, water mains, flood control, and national parks (just to name a few), there are few elements of our core national infrastructure today which were not built under the administration […]

by April 22, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
A map showing the original land grant colleges.

Lincoln’s “Internal Improvements” Revolution

The third article in the series Funding Infrastructure the American System Way. See articles one and two on this site. By Nancy Spannaus March 29, 2021—When Abraham Lincoln launched his first political campaign in 1832, he encapsulated his political principles in his typically folksy way: My politics are short and […]

by March 30, 2021 0 comments History, Infrastructure
The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal today. It was the first canal to get funding from the Bank of the United States.

America’s 1820’s Infrastructure Boom

Part 2 of Funding Infrastructure the American System Way. Part 1 can be found here . By Nancy Spannaus March 15, 2021–Anyone looking seriously at how to fund a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the United States must take an in-depth look at America’s 1820’s infrastructure boom. In the period between […]

by March 15, 2021 1 comment Commentary, Infrastructure
The Watts Bar nuclear plant, one of three run by the TVA.

Biden’s Climate Plan Has a Nuclear Solution

By Jonathan Tennenbaum (March 7, 2021–The following article is reprinted from Asia Times, which published it on March 5, as part 4 in a series entitled “Watch out! Biden wants to save the planet!” I consider its approach coherent with that I put forward in my recent post on nuclear […]

by March 7, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
The crumbling Hudson River tunnel is a disaster waiting to happen, without major infrastructure investment.

Funding Infrastructure the American System Way

Part one of a series. Parts two, three and four are now available on this site. By Nancy Spannaus March 5, 2021—If there’s one issue the “left, right, and center” of American politics agree on, it’s that our country desperately needs to repair and upgrade its infrastructure, from transportation to water, […]

by March 4, 2021 3 comments History, Infrastructure
Americans come together to celebrate the successful Apollo mission in a huge NYC parade.

The Pathway to National Unity

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 25, 2021—President Biden’s inaugural call for national unity, as the nation’s top priority, has been met with cynicism from all sides. Yet, his objective is not only correct, but urgent. The nation’s leadership must devise a pathway to national unity without delay. But what is the […]

by January 25, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure