Damaged Bridge Halts 1,000 Barges Carrying Agricultural Exports

Damaged Bridge Halts 1,000 Barges Carrying Agricultural Exports

In another sign of America’s aging and vulnerable infrastructure, last Thursday a crack in a bridge over the Mississippi river halted hundreds of cargo ships along the nation’s most significant route for agricultural exports, not to mention that the bridge was shut down to auto traffic causing huge backups on I-40 in Tennessee. 

Why This Matters: First the Colonial pipeline and now this — our nation’s infrastructure is in need of bolstering.

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Colonial Pipeline is Back Up and Running, EPA Issues Waivers to Stabilize Markets

Colonial Pipeline is Back Up and Running, EPA Issues Waivers to Stabilize Markets

Colonial Pipeline announced Wednesday evening that it would relaunch after it was shut down for five days due to a cyberattack. Still, shortages in the southeast linger, and environmental advocates worry that an easing of regulations on fuel vapor restrictions may do more harm than good. 

Why This Matters: The Colonial incident highlights two significant issues facing the U.S. energy sector.

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Hackers Shut Down Major Pipeline, Raising Concerns for Clean Energy Companies

Hackers Shut Down Major Pipeline, Raising Concerns for Clean Energy Companies

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Colonial Pipeline Co., known as the “jugular” of America’s oil pipeline infrastructure, has become the latest victim of increasing cyberattacks. On Friday, the company’s systems were shut down by a ransomware attack, bringing the pipeline to a standstill for four days. Although the disruption has yet to impact oil prices, experts worry that […]

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Explain It To Me: Green Jobs with Third Way’s John Milko click button

Explain It To Me: Green Jobs with Third Way’s John Milko

We’re launching a new series to help explain a lot of the terms and concepts that are trending right now. We’re in a period of green transitions, investments in infrastructure, EVs, AVs, nature-based solutions, etc, etc. With this series, we want to ask the experts to break these issues down for us and provide a […]

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Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

By Azzedine Downes As we emerge from a year of lockdowns and begin to “build back better,” it is more important than ever to remember what we’ve learned. The pandemic has shown us the fragility of our economy and how reliant it is on our health. For without health, we potentially have nothing.  COVID 19 […]

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Ocean Activists Planning to “Flood” the Nation’s Capital Next Week

Ocean Activists Planning to “Flood” the Nation’s Capital Next Week

Hundreds of citizens will fan out across the nation’s capital next week to meet with lawmakers in what’s projected to be the largest ocean lobby effort in US history.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, they will meet with Biden administration officials, federal agencies, and members of Congress for a nonpartisan Ocean Climate Action Hill Day.

Why It Matters:  As the Biden administration and the Congress begin to debate what’s infrastructure and therefore within the American Jobs Plan, the blue economy needs to be front and center in it.

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