Yesterday House Democrats released their $760 billion infrastructure plan called the “Moving Forward Framework.” The plan proposes to rebuild the nation’s highways, airports, bridges, and other critical infrastructure but notably has an emphasis on climate change preparedness. As Politico reported, House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) says the plan will be a radical departure from […]Continue Reading 508 words
The Trump administration is taking its war on climate to infrastructure — it is expected to propose this week a rule rollback that in effect would allow agencies to NOT take climate change into account when they assess the environmental impacts of highways, pipelines and other major federal actions and projects, according to The New York Times.
Why This Matters: Since no one pipeline or oil and gas well “causes” climate change, this rollback is designed to speed the development of many energy projects according to experts.Continue Reading 416 words
Governors on both coasts are going to battle with oil and gas companies over climate change. Continuing his strong environmental protection agenda, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced new regulations putting in place a moratorium on fracking and curbed steam-injected oil drilling in the state, which environmentalists have long opposed. Meanwhile, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo […]Continue Reading 497 words
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The results of a two-year investigation by the Associated Press (AP) were published this week and the findings were shocking — nearly 1,700 dams located in 44 states and Puerto Rico were rated as “high-hazard” dams that are in poor or unsatisfactory condition. Experts believe the actual number of risky dams is even higher — […]Continue Reading 440 words
Earlier this year, the government of Norway decided to undertake the largest infrastructure project in the world, a “highway” to connect the entire country from top to bottom — crossing under, over and through its more than 1,000 fjords. The most futuristic part of the $40 billion dollar undertaking is the development of submerged floating tunnels that sit around 30 meters (100 feet) under the surface of the water.
Why This Matters: This is what governments should do — massive infrastructure projects that will boost the economy and the way of life for its people — that are too big for private corporations or regional governments to undertake.Continue Reading 525 words
It is a bold and innovative plan, with an emphasis on environmental justice. He promises: “In my first 100 days, I will propose new civil rights legislation to address the disparate impact of environmental discrimination and dismantle structures of environmental racism.Continue Reading 367 words
When it comes to climate policy, Governor Jay Inslee already has a plan to address nearly every element of the climate crisis, but on Monday he rolled out a new one — this time aimed at creating “Freedom from Fossil Fuels” by ending corporate welfare, holding polluters accountable, and transitioning the U.S. economy off fossil fuels.Continue Reading 570 words
Today the outline of the Green New Deal (GND) was filled in a bit more when Senator Ed Markey, the lead GND sponsor in the Senate, released an infrastructure white paper for a “green and climate-friendly infrastructure legislative package” because “[c]limate change has amplified existing threats to America’s infrastructure.”Continue Reading 436 words
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- drinking water
- low income communities
- safe drinking water
- water infrastructure
The NY Times published a blistering exposé yesterday, in which it reported that “more than 300 public water systems in California serve unsafe drinking water, according to public compliance data compiled by the California State Water Resources Control Board” with “more than one million Californians exposed to unsafe water each year, according to public health officials.”Continue Reading 489 words
The Democratic leaders of Congress are expected to meet with President Trump today to talk about infrastructure legislation and will make clear that no infrastructure spending bill will move through Congress without significant funding for climate change resilience, clean energy, and other “green” projects.Continue Reading 534 words
The Governor of Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin, is considering whether to declare a state of emergency that would unlock resources to repair the dilapidated water system in Martin County, Kentucky deep in the heart of coal country. In the meantime, the residents there must buy bottled water or hope for donated water in order to keep from drinking the tap water while they wait for action.Continue Reading 532 words