Infrastructure

Crude suicide rates in the United States

Congress Fiddles While Deaths of Despair Mount

New Fatalities Loom as Global Epidemic Spreads “And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. […]

by February 2, 2020 Infrastructure, News
One of thousands of abandoned houses in Detroit.

Housing Crisis Rears Its Ugly Head, Again

By Angela Vullo January 7, 2020–Amid the many economic problems flying in the face of the bogus claim that the U.S. economy is thriving, is the severe shortage of affordable housing for a huge portion of the U.S. population. This particular issue has recently drawn the attention of the Washington […]

by January 8, 2020 Infrastructure, News
Reviving Manufactures Essential to Saving Lives

Reviving Manufactures Essential to Saving Lives

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 7, 2020—A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Dec. 30, has once again highlighted the relationship between the depressed state of American manufacturing and the ongoing epidemic of opioid deaths. Under the title “Association Between Automotive Assembly Plant Closures […]

by January 7, 2020 Infrastructure, News
Progress for Small Modular Reactors

Progress for Small Modular Reactors

December 13, 2019—There’s some real good news for the U.S. economy today.  NuScale, an Oregon company that is developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), has passed the next stage of review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As this blog has reported before, the mass development of nuclear power is […]

by December 13, 2019 News Shorts, Nuclear Power
Navajo Indians have to go to great lengths to provide water to their community, as we see here.

Millions of Americans Lack Clean Water

By Nancy Spannaus Dec. 12, 2019—While the Federal Reserve, Wall Street, and most politicians brag that the American economy is doing just fine, a study released November 19 by two non-profits provides new information to the contrary: More than two million Americans lack access to clean  water. The report “Closing […]

by December 12, 2019 Infrastructure, News
An Amtrak derailment in DeFazio's Northwest on Dec. 18,  2017.

Will Democrats Put Infrastructure on the Agenda?

By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 19, 2019—Are some Democrats actually ready to put the vital issue of infrastructure on Congress’s agenda again?  Such a welcome change might be in the offing, thanks to the initiative of Oregon Democrat and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Peter DeFazio. Rep. DeFazio […]

by November 19, 2019 Infrastructure, News
Leaking pipes like this are also often contaminated with lead.

Contaminated Water Crisis Surfaces in Chicago

By Angela Vullo October 3, 2019–On September 23, 2019, Illinois State Representative Mary Flowers called for an emergency hearing in Chicago to determine the causes of lead contamination in the city’s drinking water. Chicago has now joined Flint, Newark, and many other American cities in exposing the deadly threat of […]

by October 3, 2019 Infrastructure, News
FDR joins youth at a CCC camp.

FDR’s Environmentalism: Improve Nature for Mankind

By Nancy Spannaus (Sept. 24, 2019–Yes, we need to improve nature! I am reprinting this article because I believe it is crucial to resurrect the thinking of the author of the original New Deal, in order to address the array of crises being faced by this nation, and the world. […]

by September 24, 2019 Commentary, Infrastructure
The lighthouse in Portland, Maine, completed under the Washington Administration.

Lighthouses: Our First Public Infrastructure Project

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 7, 2019—On August 7, 1789 Congress approved legislation for the first public infrastructure project in the just-born United States—our lighthouses! The legislation created the U.S. Light House Establishment, and it mandated that state lighthouses be turned over to the Federal government, which was charged with managing […]

by August 7, 2019 History, Infrastructure
This graph by the Congressional Budget Office notes the collapse of Federal infrastructure spending.

State Tax Increases Won’t Solve Infrastructure Crisis

July 6, 2019—As of July 1, 12 states raised their gasoline taxes, in a concerted effort to get the revenue to deal with their collapsing bridges and highways. The actions follow a pattern from recent years, over which time the Federal share of contributions to building and maintaining the nation’s […]

by July 6, 2019 Infrastructure, News Shorts