Our Failing Infrastructure

Different president–Same problems—Little solutions…..

Once again the biggest problem in the US in search of a solution is our failing infrastructure….every president likes to thumping their chest like a crazed primate about infrastructure and then the sound of crickets once they get elected.

I have written about the problems in the past…..https://lobotero.com/2020/12/09/infrastructure-again/

And yes Uncle Joe has a plan for this problem……this from his website….his plan includes…..

Biden will make far-reaching investments in:

  • Infrastructure: Create millions of good, union jobs rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure – from roads and bridges to green spaces and water systems to electricity grids and universal broadband – to lay a new foundation for sustainable growth, compete in the global economy, withstand the impacts of climate change, and improve public health, including access to clean air and clean water.
  • Auto Industry: Create 1 million new jobs in the American auto industry, domestic auto supply chains, and auto infrastructure, from parts to materials to electric vehicle charging stations, positioning American auto workers and manufacturers to win the 21st century; and invest in U.S. auto workers to ensure their jobs are good jobs with a choice to join a union.
  • Transit: Provide every American city with 100,000 or more residents with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation options through flexible federal investments with strong labor protections that create good, union jobs and meet the needs of these cities – ranging from light rail networks to improving existing transit and bus lines to installing infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Power Sector: Move ambitiously to generate clean, American-made electricity to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035. This will enable us to meet the existential threat of climate change while creating millions of jobs with a choice to join a union.
  • Buildings: Upgrade 4 million buildings and weatherize 2 million homes over 4 years, creating at least 1 million good-paying jobs with a choice to join a union; and also spur the building retrofit and efficient-appliance manufacturing supply chain by funding direct cash rebates and low-cost financing to upgrade and electrify home appliances and install more efficient windows, which will cut residential energy bills.
  • Housing: Spur the construction of 1.5 million sustainable homes and housing units.
  • Innovation: Drive dramatic cost reductions in critical clean energy technologies, including battery storage, negative emissions technologies, the next generation of building materials, renewable hydrogen, and advanced nuclear – and rapidly commercialize them, ensuring that those new technologies are made in America.
  • Agriculture and Conservation: Create jobs in climate-smart agriculture, resilience, and conservation, including 250,000 jobs plugging abandoned oil and natural gas wells and reclaiming abandoned coal, hardrock, and uranium mines – providing good work with a choice to join or continue membership in a union in hard hit communities, including rural communities, reducing leakage of toxics, and preventing local environmental damage.
  • Environmental Justice: Ensure that environmental justice is a key consideration in where, how, and with whom we build – creating good, union, middle-class jobs in communities left behind, righting wrongs in communities that bear the brunt of pollution, and lifting up the best ideas from across our great nation – rural, urban, and tribal.

All impressive plans….very aggressive and much needed…..

The latest findings by the American Society of Civil Engineers paints a dire picture of our infrastructure….

America’s infrastructure has scored near-failing grades for its deteriorating roads, public transit, and storm water systems due to years of inaction from the federal government, the American Society of Civil Engineers reports. Its overall grade: a mediocre C-, a slight improvement from its D+ grade in 2017, reports the AP. In its “Infrastructure Report Card” released Wednesday, the group called for “big and bold” relief, estimating it would cost $5.9 trillion over the next decade to bring roads, bridges, and airports to a safe and sustainable level. That’s about $2.6 trillion more than what government and the private sector already spend. More:

  • Of the 17 categories making up the overall grade, 11 were in the D range that indicated a “significant deterioration” with a “strong risk of failure.” Four areas got Cs: bridges, which dropped from a C+ to a C in 2021, energy, drinking water, and solid waste. Just two areas—ports and rail—scored higher, with a B- and B, respectively.
  • Though they scored a C, NPR reports bridges are a major area of concern, with the report noting that 42% of the country’s 617,000 bridges are more than 50 years old, and 7% of all bridges are rated “structurally deficient,” meaning they’re in bad shape.
  • According to the report card, the nation is only paying about half of what it needs to lift overall US infrastructure to an acceptable “B” level. Left unaddressed, America’s overdue infrastructure bill by 2039 will cost the average American household $3,300 a year, or $63 a week, the group said.
  • President Biden’s administration and lawmakers in recent weeks have begun laying the groundwork for a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure of $2 trillion or more, to be unveiled after Congress approves legislation on COVID-19 relief.
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has been meeting with lawmakers about the effort, has said the aim would be to rejuvenate the post-coronavirus pandemic economy and boost crumbling roads and bridges while encouraging alternative forms of transportation to cars, as well as create thousands of green jobs by making environmentally friendly retrofits and public works improvements. “This report card is a warning and a call to action,” Buttigieg told the AP.

All this near disastrous findings and what does the Biden admin do?

Do they upgrade the bridges or electric grid or support public transportation?  NO!

The decide to give Texas (of all places) a new toll road……Buttigieg announced on Tuesday the first low-cost federal transportation loan in the Biden administration, up to $448 million to Texas for toll-road projects in Austin to ease congestion, touting bike-friendly features such as a planned 10-foot-wide paved sidewalk for cyclists and pedestrians with access to trails.

I will be watching and reading to see just how important this is to the new admin.

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5 thoughts on “Our Failing Infrastructure

  1. All great plans, but unlikely to happen during a four-year term of course. At least he can clam to have ‘started’ them.
    As for Texas, is Biden trying to ‘buy’ favour in that state to put an end to the secession talk?
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Thank you, Chuq, for making these points, which are exactly what needed to be pointed out:

    Transit,
    and
    Green buildings,
    and
    if we made high quality solar panels, even better.

    Stay safe,
    -Shira

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