Monthly Archives: July 2013

US Infrastructure Disasters

Here’s an illustrated summary of US infrastructure failings, a recurring theme touched on recently by McKinsey & Co., the American Society of Civil Engineers, and various others.

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Water: Easily overlooked but critical infrastructure

As residents of Maryland’s Prince George’s County learned last week, and others may discover sooner than later, most American water infrastructure has not been updated for decades.  Not only would we save water, a critical resource not only for human … Continue reading

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Modern Infrastructure Necessary to Manage Climate Change

While there may be debate about the causes of climate change and what can or should be done to ameliorate or avoid it, there can be little doubt that energy and other infrastructure systems designed for 20th century weather and … Continue reading

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IEA: Infrastructure Investment Saves Money

According to this report, investments in modern infrastructure together with policies to encourage efficient use of transportation resources could save cities billions in the years ahead.  Three cities’ examples are cited:  Belgrade, Seoul and New York City, where savings have … Continue reading

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The Case for Infrastructure Spending

Barry Ritholz makes the economic case as clearly and completely as possible for investing in future capacity and efficiency.

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Large-scale Completely Renewable Energy System Proves Effective

In the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, a new large-scale power system has gone into operation which uses wind power and hydrogen fuel cells to generate reliable power.  This report indicates that in addition to linking a nearby wind … Continue reading

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Economic Growth in Germany from Infrastructure Investment

In this excellent piece, Robert Frank examines the underpinning of German economic growth over the past several years and identifies the choice to borrow in order to fund infrastructure investment as a key factor.  “A prudent investment in one whose … Continue reading

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Japan Endorses Hydrogen Transportation Infrastructure

Two countries, Japan and Germany, are at the leading edge of industrialized countries adapting to modern energy technology and adopting new systems for stationary and transportation power.  Hydrogen energy has been in the mix of technologies under development for decades, … Continue reading

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