Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lobby for the Future

David Brooks commenting on Washington’s continuing political gridlock, writes that “the future has no lobby” which results in a debate about debt vs. entitlements, instead of how best to stimulate growth and progress.  Well said.  The InfraBank Project advocates for … Continue reading

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Long Odds for an Infrastructure Bank

capitalized with taxpayer dollars.  Fox business summarizes the prognosis from both the political left and right that President Obama’s latest proposal to fund an infrastructure bank is unlikely to pass Congress, especially in view of the looming sequester.  The article … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Spending: The Future vs. the Present

Ezra Klein made a good case last week for the 2013 reason to be concerned about the size of the deficit:  not that the US will face creditor pressure as Greece does, but that we are neglecting investment in the … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Transportation on the Verge of Breakthrough?

In an excellent roundup of recent developments, Jonathan Wing describes the various efforts underway in Europe and Japan to bring to market Hydrogen-fueled cars and the infrastructure they require within the next few years.  A key issue is how to … Continue reading

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The Conservative Case for Infrastructure Spending Caution

This thoughtful post points out many of the problems with the current top-down approach to infrastructure investment and  overuse of the term “investment” generally.  Good points.  Rather than force a one-size-fits all policy on infrastructure spending in the states, it … Continue reading

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H2 Storage: Backup Energy when Sun Doesn’t Shine, Wind Doesn’t Blow

To the renewable energy skeptics who point out that wind and sun are not always able to supply energy needs and thus do not obviate the demands on utilities to maintain supplemental energy generation capacity using reliable mineral fuels, a … Continue reading

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Well Said: Get Out of Defensive Crouch, Invest in the Future

Peter Munson, writing in the Washington Post on Sunday, made an eloquent case for a return to positivity and investment in the future.  He outlined the discord and paralysis that seems to grip our public discourse and inhibits investment in … Continue reading

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Global Oil Production Declines by 2028: Need Alternatives on line by then

Tam Hunt, posting in GreenTechMedia, observes that according to various experts, including the International Energy Agency, even with the explosion in US and worldwide oil production resulting from new extraction methods oil world supply will fall short of demand by … Continue reading

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National Review: Get the Feds Out of Infrastructure

Chris Edwards in a February 5 piece in National Journal reviews the history of federal management of infrastructure projects and asserts that both decision making and management of these projects has consistently been flawed.  Better would be decisions made by … Continue reading

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