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EPA: $384 Billion Infrastructure Upgrade Needed to Keep Drinking Water Safe Through 2030

EPA: $384 Billion Infrastructure Upgrade Needed to Keep Drinking Water Safe Through 2030
"From leaky pipes to sewage overflows, our country's water infrastructure is in dire need of upgrades. Our outdated infrastructure cannot keep pace with changing demand for water and wastewater treatment, growing population and increasingly heavy storms. We need to make infrastructure investments that will best meet the needs of present and future generations."
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Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US
In post-World War II America, the sprawling suburbs made possible by full employment, good wages, and an abundance of automobiles were a symbol of prosperity. Large supermarkets, shopping malls and public parks were a sign of American success that few foresaw fading. But now, as the economy struggles to return to pre-recession standards, the suburbs are becoming poorer.
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WI Gov Walker Aims to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Under 'No-Bid' Contracts

WI Gov Walker Aims to Sell Off Highways, Prisons, and University Buildings Under 'No-Bid' Contracts
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s latest plan to lower his state's debt revolves around selling off university buildings, highways and prisons despite the potential long-term drawbacks. Among the targets are buildings originally paid for by student fees and donations throughout the University of Wisconsin school system.
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Austerity Is Dead: It's Time to Revive America's Infrastructure

Austerity Is Dead: It's Time to Revive America's Infrastructure
The U.S. deficit is down more than 50 percent from what President Bush left behind, projections of the rise in medical costs that drove future deficits are way down, the “intellectual foundation” that justified the push for cutting government has collapsed, and the European experiment has shown that budget cuts really just make things worse. Meanwhile, we have two real problems to worry about: unemployment and crumbling infrastructure. Can we finally hire people to fix things?
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Public Construction Spending as Percentage of GDP at Lowest Point in 20 Years

Public Construction Spending as Percentage of GDP at Lowest Point in 20 Years
Over the weekend, a national conversation about our nation’s decaying infrastructure finally became audible in the wake of a bridge collapse in Washington state. At the heart of the matter is America’s need to increase infrastructure spending by any means available: congressional loans; an infrastructure bank; and/or incentivizing private-public investments, to name a few.
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There Are 2,230 Structurally Deficient Bridges in OH Alone

There Are 2,230 Structurally Deficient Bridges in OH Alone
Records obtained by the Dayton Daily News reveal that Ohio is home to 2,230 bridges that have been deemed structurally deficient. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, government agencies are not properly funded to keep up with the repairs.
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$57 Trillion Needed by 2030 to Fix Failing World Infrastructure

$57 Trillion Needed by 2030 to Fix Failing World Infrastructure
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives our nation’s infrastructure a grade of “D” and says the United States alone needs to spend $2.2 trillion over the next five years to get infrastructure back on track.
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NJ Bridge Collapses for Second Time in Four Years

A picture is worth a thousand words. And sometimes, it’s also worth several hundred gallons of toxic chemicals.
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CO Scientitsts: By 2050, Up to 80% of U.S. Electricity Could Be Generated by Renewables

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, scientists have modeled what the U.S. would look like in 2050, and they say it’s possible for renewable energy to make up 80 percent of the electricity generated, even with existing technologies.
Whether that comes to pass will depend on the price of technology, transmission capacity and policies and regulations that encourage renewable energy development.
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