News Shorts

New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant, threatened with shut down.

No Energy Security Without Nuclear

By Nancy Spannaus July 18, 2019—A thoughtful analysis of the recent Manhattan blackout published in the City Journal of July 15, prompts this brief post.  The author, the former editor of Popular Mechanics, puts the blackout in the context of the miserable state of the aging electrical transmission system in […]

by July 18, 2019 News Shorts
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
Angela Vullo, Stuart Rosenblatt, and Ralph Stresa testify at the Akron City Council.

Akron City Council Passes Bank Resolution

June 18, 2019—At a meeting last night, the Akron City Council passed a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to enact legislation establishing a National Infrastructure Bank. The passage had been preceded by extensive discussion. On June 13, sponsors of legislation to create a National Infrastructure Bank testified at City […]

Ohio Representative Michael J. Skindell

Ohio Legislator Introduces Glass-Steagall Resolution

June 6, 2019—Rep. Michael J. Skindell, a long-time Democratic representative from Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, has introduced a memorial resolution into the Ohio state legislature calling on Congress to pass a new Glass-Steagall law. The substance of House Concurrent Resolution 9 reads as follows: RESOLVED, That we, the members of the […]

by June 6, 2019 News Shorts
Alabama state legislature

Alabama House Passes Bank Resolution

Alabama House Passes Bank Resolution June 4, 2019—This spring Alabama became the third state where a memorial resolution in favor of a National Infrastructure Bank has been passed.  The resolution, introduced by Rep. Thomas Jackson, was voted up in the legislature in early April. The resolution also calls for reinstatement […]

by June 4, 2019 News Shorts
The Three Mile Island nuclear site.

Pennsylvania to Lose Nuclear Plant

May 25, 2019—The state of Pennsylvania will lose one of its five nuclear power plants in September, according to an announcement by its owner, Exelon, on May 5. Slated for the chopping block is the remaining plant at Three Mile Island—not because it represents any danger or is malfunctioning, but […]

by May 25, 2019 News Shorts
Organizing for a National Infrastructure Bank is going on nationwide. Here, Angela Vullo in Washington, D.C. during Infrastructure Week.

Alexandria Democrats Support Infrastructure Bank

May 20, 2019—The following resolution was passed unanimously on May 6 by the Alexandria, Virginia Democratic Committee. Similar resolutions are being debated, and passed, in Democratic committees, city councils, and state legislatures nationwide. The full text follows: Whereas, the United States faces a widely acknowledged infrastructure crisis, estimated to be […]

by May 20, 2019 News Shorts
Save May 18 for Book Signing

Save May 18 for Book Signing

By Nancy Spannaus April 29, 2019—This is a short message for my readers in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. region to SAVE THE DATE of MAY 18, to attend my book signing at Barnes & Noble One Loudoun on that day. Please mark it down and spread the word to your […]

by April 29, 2019 News Shorts
Vogtle nuclear plant 3 is currently going ahead in Georgia. But what about the current plants?

A Critical Battle to Save Nuclear Power

April 11, 2019—The state of Pennsylvania is currently the front line in a critical battle to save the nuclear power industry in the United States. In the face of the potential shutdown of plants at Three Mile Island and Beaver Creek, some legislators are fighting to save them by adding […]

by April 12, 2019 News Shorts
Illinois infrastructure needs as determined by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Illinois Assembly Passes Infrastructure Bank Resolution

April 8, 2019—On April 2, the General Assembly of the state of Illinois passed HR0014, a resolution memorializing Congress to establish a New National Infrastructure Bank. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Mary Flowers (D-31) in late December.  It passed the Financial Institutions Committee on March 19. The resolution now […]