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The US needs a macrogrid to move electricity from areas that make it to areas that need it

Many kinds of extreme events can disrupt electricity service, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, extreme heat, extreme cold and extended droughts. Major disasters can leave thousands of people in the dark. The Texas deep freeze in February knocked out 40% of the state’s electric generating capacity. James D. McCalley, Iowa State University The Conversation During […]

April 6th

Biden wants corporations to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plans, echoing a history of calls for companies to chip in when times are tough

President Joe Biden just proposed a roughly US$2 trillion infrastructure plan, which he ambitiously compared to the interstate highway system and the space race. He aims to pay for it solely by taxing companies more, including the first increase in the corporate tax rate since the 1960s. By Stephanie Leiser, University of Michigan The Conversation […]

April 4th

How does Biden’s American Jobs Plan stack up on climate and jobs?

President Biden unveiled a new $2 trillion American Jobs Plan on Wednesday, March 31, focused on infrastructure, the care economy, climate and, as the name implies, creating desperately needed good jobs. Previous U.S. COVID-19 spending stimulus packages were focused on short-term emergency response, and too much of it propped up the business-as-usual, polluting economy. By Joel Jaeger, Katrina McLaughlin, Jillian Neuberger and Carrie […]

April 4th

President Biden introduces the American Jobs Plan – $2.3T for climate and clean energy infrastructure

The American Jobs Plan represents the first half of a two-pronged recovery proposal that the Biden administration is planning to detail in the coming days, with the healthcare-focused second part expected some time next month. At a speech in Pittsburgh Wednesday, Biden outlined the infrastructure and climate portion of the package, which calls for just […]

April 1st

How to make sure Biden’s infrastructure plan can hold up to climate change – and save money

The Biden administration is proposing a massive infrastructure plan to replace the nation’s crumbling bridges, roads and other critical structures. But to make those investments pay off, the U.S. will need designs that can endure the changing climate. By Jeremy Bricker, University of Michigan The Conversation Most U.S. infrastructure is designed to stand for decades, […]

March 31st

How to fund Biden’s big green infrastructure plan? End fossil fuel subsidies.

To help fund President Joe Biden’s forthcoming $3 trillion infrastructure proposal, the White House is reportedly considering ending federal subsidies for fossil fuel companies and increasing taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams That’s according to two Biden administration officials who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity due to the not-yet-public nature […]

March 24th

The Green Infrastructure Bill is coming – but is $3 trillion going to be enough?

Having cleared its first major legislative hurdle with the coronavirus pandemic relief package that President Joe Biden signed into law earlier this month, his administration is now hard at work on a long-awaited infrastructure plan—but progressive advocacy groups responded critically on Monday to reporting about the legislation’s possible $3 trillion price tag, warning it is not enough. By […]

March 23rd

Democrats unveil BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act

Four congressional Democrats on Friday unveiled the BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act, a bill that would invest $500 billion over 10 years in state, local, and tribal projects to galvanize the transition to all electric public transportation—reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and health-threatening air pollution while expanding clean mass transit and creating up to […]

March 22nd