After Stimulus, Biden to Tackle Another Politically Tricky Issue: Infrastructure

Strengthening the country’s highways, bridges and broadband networks has broad popular support, but Washington remains bitterly divided on the details.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #obama-barack, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic

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10 Years After Christchurch Quake, a Hush Where 8,000 Homes Once Stood

The wreckage left in New Zealand’s second-largest city was razed. Now, a swath nearly twice the size of Central Park is being reclaimed by nature.

#christchurch-new-zealand, #earthquakes, #infrastructure-public-works, #suburbs

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Native Americans ‘Left Out in the Cold’ Under Trump Press Biden for Action

After showing political clout in the 2020 election, tribal communities are hoping for more attention and money to address their long-running problems with poverty, health care and other issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education, #federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #indian-health-service, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #pipelines, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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There’s One Big Problem With Electric Cars

They’re still cars. Technology can’t cure America of its addiction to the automobile.

#fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #infrastructure-public-works, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Daily: Climate Change and the Texas Blackouts

One of the worst winter storms in years has plunged large parts of the United States into a deadly energy crisis. It may be a glimpse of America’s future.

#energy-and-power, #global-warming, #heating, #infrastructure-public-works, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas

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5 Things N.Y.C. Wants From Biden to Transform Transportation

Transit agencies pummeled by the pandemic are pushing the new administration to fund projects stalled in the Trump years.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cotton-rick, #cuomo-andrew-m, #foye-patrick-j, #hudson-river-tunnels-project, #infrastructure-public-works, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-building-congress, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #railroads, #regional-plan-assn, #schumer-charles-e, #second-avenue-subway-nyc, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation

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West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

With the right federal response, it could become a model of renewal for other places around the country that prosperity has left behind.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #manchin-joe-iii, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #west-virginia

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For Buttigieg, ‘Generational’ Transportation Change May Not Be Easy, Experts Say

The new secretary has stirred excitement among transportation experts, but they warn that deep institutional change is likely to remain difficult.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #infrastructure-public-works, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What Working in the Oil Industry Taught Me

What my time working on a North Dakota oil patch taught me about America’s fossil fuel addiction — and how to curb it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydraulic-fracturing, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #north-dakota, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #united-states-politics-and-government, #williston-nd

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A Letter to My Liberal Friends

If you want to know what worries conservatives, look at California.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boudin-chesa, #california, #education-k-12, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #relocation-of-business, #taxation

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Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation’s Grid Up to It?

GM’s decision this week to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that will need to happen.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #general-motors, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works

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In Rural Montana, a Hope That Biden Will Reopen the Rails

The North Coast Hiawatha hasn’t run through Montana since 1979. Now cities like Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Missoula are hoping that “Amtrak Joe” will help fund new rail service.

#amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #montana, #railroads, #rural-areas, #transit-systems

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The Plan to Rebuild the Port Authority Bus Terminal

The proposed changes could take a decade, but officials hope to transform the loathed building into a 21st-century transit hub.

#buses, #cotton-rick, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #oliver-john, #port-authority-bus-terminal-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #transit-systems

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Biden Wants to Raise Taxes, Yet Many Trump Tax Cuts Are Here to Stay

While Democrats have vowed to repeal the former president’s signature 2017 law, his successor is more likely to tinker with it, given constraints.

#corporate-taxes, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #tax-shelters, #taxation, #trump-tax-returns, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Corporate America Views Biden With Optimism and Skepticism

Big business broke with Republicans in the final days of the Trump administration. That doesn’t mean executives are fully ready to embrace President Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-taxes, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-taxes-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #infrastructure-public-works, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?

The Transportation Department, which holds sway over planes, trains and automobiles, faces limits on how it spends money. Still, here are five possible steps.

#air-pollution, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #automobiles, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #federal-aid-us, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Buttigieg Sees Chance to Transform the Nation’s Infrastructure

His confirmation as transportation secretary would cap a rise from mayor of South Bend, Ind., to the first openly gay cabinet secretary to be approved by the Senate.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #infrastructure-public-works

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‘Notorious’ Port Authority Bus Terminal May Get a $10 Billion Overhaul

After years of study and debate, there is finally a proposal to rebuild the Midtown Manhattan eyesore from the ground up.

#airports, #buses, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depaul-university, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #port-authority-bus-terminal-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #transit-systems, #transportation

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Struggling Local Governments May Get Help From the Private Sector

As their fiscal woes become worse, some government officials are looking more closely at public-private partnerships as a way to jump-start their economies.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #infrastructure-public-works, #local-government, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.

A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has gifted the city with a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.

#amtrak, #architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #cuomo-andrew-m, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #infrastructure-public-works, #moynihan-train-hall, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #skidmore-owingsmerrill, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

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$60 Million High Line Expansion to Connect Park to Moynihan Train Hall

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will propose a 1,200-foot elevated pathway that will lead to the new Penn Station development, to be financed by public and private funds.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #friends-of-the-high-line, #high-line-manhattan-ny, #hoylman-brad-m, #infrastructure-public-works, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

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What Schumer’s Rise to Senate Majority Leader Means for New York

Senator Chuck Schumer is poised to become the state’s first Senate majority leader, putting New York in position to reap the benefits.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #democratic-party, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-state, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Water Main Break Floods Cross Bronx Expressway, Trapping Drivers

The rupture highlighted the frail state of the city’s aging infrastructure.

#bronx-nyc, #cross-bronx-expressway-bronx-ny, #floods, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic

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Poor Maintenance and Construction Flaws Are Cited in Italy Bridge Collapse

A report identified corroded cables as being to blame in the tragedy that took 43 lives in the northwestern city of Genoa in 2018.

#autostrade-spa, #bridges-and-tunnels, #genoa-italy, #infrastructure-public-works, #italy, #morandi-bridge-genoa-italy

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Cities Aren’t Toast

They can come back from Covid-19. But first, we have to care enough to save them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #real-estate-commercial, #sustainable-living, #urban-areas

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Bill Ford: ‘Our Family Name Is on the Line Every Day’

The chairman of Ford Motor and the great-grandson of Henry Ford is an elder statesman in an industry where C.E.O.s come and go.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #ford-henry, #ford-william-clay-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #tesla-motors-inc

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Cold Storage, Key to Coronavirus Vaccine, Lures Investors

Smaller companies that are key to the cold storage and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines are seeing a flurry of new investments.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cryoport-inc, #delivery-services, #fedex-corporation, #infrastructure-public-works, #mckesson-corporation, #pci-pharma-services, #pfizer-inc, #private-equity, #stirling-ultracold, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-parcel-service-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Joe Biden Should Build on Common Ground

There is progress to be made on policies most Americans support.

#agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environmental-protection-agency, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #pelosi-nancy, #polls-and-public-opinion, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Build a Better Post-Pandemic New York City

Permanent outdoor dining is a no-brainer, but the city could do so much more.

#automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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A Republican Senate Would Be Bad for Business

What’s bad for America would be bad for corporations, too.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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In Kenya, a Cherished Fig Tree Gets a Reprieve

The 100-year-old tree, slated for removal to make room for a new expressway, will be preserved following a backlash from environmentalists concerned about shrinking green spaces in Nairobi.

#china, #infrastructure-public-works, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #nairobi-expressway-kenya, #roads-and-traffic, #trees-and-shrubs

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What Biden’s Win Could Mean for New York: 5 Takeaways

A Biden presidency could bring more recovery funds to the city and boost plans to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #illegal-immigration, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic

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China Extends Reach in the Caribbean, Unsettling the U.S.

The region has strategic importance as a hub for logistics, banking and commerce. It is also very close to the United States.

#caribbean-area, #china, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Pledges Ambitious Climate Action. Here’s What He Could Actually Do.

If elected, Joe Biden and his allies are preparing to pass climate change legislation, piece by piece — knowing full well that the candidate’s $2 trillion plan would be a tough sell.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Long-Term Investors, Small Things Like Presidential Elections Don’t Matter

There is heartbreak almost everywhere you look, our columnist says, but the stock market usually rises anyway.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-taxes, #democratic-party, #dimensional-fund-advisors, #exxon-mobil-corp, #federal-taxes-us, #high-net-worth-individuals, #infrastructure-public-works, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #presidential-election-of-2020, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #sp-dow-jones-indices, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mitch McConnell’s Mission of Misery

Why Senate Republicans won’t help Americans in need.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-taxes-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #mcconnell-mitch, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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At Hunter’s Point South, a Popular Park Paves the Way for Housing

Two new towers rising on industrial land in Queens will be filled predominantly with affordable housing.

#affordable-housing, #hunters-point-south, #infrastructure-public-works, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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New Jersey Gas Tax Spikes Because of Coronavirus Impact

Taxes on gasoline and diesel increased by 9.3 cents a gallon on Thursday in a state once known for bargain fuel. The increase came a month after tolls on major roadways also went up.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #budgets-and-budgeting, #gasoline-tax-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-jersey, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

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Trump’s Messy Divorce From New York

Have any president and his hometown ever had such mutual animosity?

#cuomo-andrew-m, #infrastructure-public-works, #james-letitia, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Genoa Bridge Inauguration Is Bittersweet

Built in less than two years to replace the collapsed Morandi bridge, the new span is already a point of pride for Italy. But residents fear it will not be enough to revive their aging port city.

#accidents-and-safety, #architecture, #autostrade-spa, #bridges-and-tunnels, #buildings-structures, #genoa-italy, #infrastructure-public-works, #piano-renzo, #politics-and-government, #restoration-and-renovation, #roads-and-traffic, #viaducts

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Italy Draws a Line Under Genoa Tragedy, Shunting Aside the Benettons

The government has leveraged anger over the collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge to take back control of the nation’s highways. But critics say the deal sends a troubling message to investors.

#autostrade-spa, #benetton-group-spa, #bridges-and-tunnels, #five-star-movement-italy, #genoa-italy, #infrastructure-public-works, #italy, #politics-and-government, #privatization, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roads-and-traffic, #tolls

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China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

Strong sales at China’s biggest construction equipment maker show Beijing’s strategy for recovery after the virus. But while the company, XCMG, is prospering, the rest of the economy is struggling.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-trade-and-world-market, #local-government, #machinery-and-equipment, #railroads, #xi-jinping, #xuzhou-china, #xuzhou-construction-machinery-group

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Trump and Biden Square Off Over Environment

Over two days, President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. laid out wildly divergent views on environmental regulations and climate change, helping to define the stakes of the presidential race.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump to Weaken Environmental Rules to Speed Infrastructure Permits

President Trump has used a regulatory reinterpretation to limit one of the country’s bedrock environmental laws and speed permitting of infrastructure projects.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden to Release $2 Trillion Climate Plan

Mr. Biden’s plan links tackling climate change with economic recovery from the coronavirus and addressing racism, drawing praise from onetime critics.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #presidential-election-of-2020

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New York as a Biking City? It Could Happen. And It Should.

A new report proposes 425 miles of interconnected bike lanes across the five boroughs. Another sees new car-free bridges into Manhattan from Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #bridges-and-tunnels, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #regional-plan-assn, #schwartz-samuel-i

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Stop Building More Roads

There’s a right way to do infrastructure. Why does America get it wrong?

#bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #roads-and-traffic, #united-states-economy

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Legal and Environmental Setbacks Stymie Pipelines Nationwide

Defeats at three projects reflect increasingly sophisticated legal challenges, shifting economics and growing demands by states to fight climate change.

#american-petroleum-institute, #appalachian-region, #center-for-biological-diversity, #earthjustice, #energy-and-power, #energy-transfer-partners-lp, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #keystone-pipeline-system, #natural-gas, #pipelines, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #shale, #supreme-court-us, #texas

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‘Time Is Always Money’: Pandemic Lockdowns Hasten Infrastructure Work

Improvement of roads and rails has accelerated, but the crisis has strained budgets, muddling prospects for the projects and the real estate developments that count on them.

#building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #real-estate-commercial

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Could New York Finally Become a Bike City?

A 102-year-old bicycle shop in Queens did big business during the Spanish flu, the Depression and the oil crisis of the 1970s. But the pandemic poses a new challenge for a new age.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #bike-new-york, #infrastructure-public-works, #shutdowns-institutional, #transit-systems, #transportation-alternatives, #transportation-department-nyc

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