infrastructure

Are hydrogen cars the wave of the future? Toyota thinks so.

Toyota is focused on developing hydrogen cars rather than plug-in electric vehicles like everyone else. Are they right? Or are the obstacles too steep?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 27, 2013

Now is the time to be an infrastructure hawk, not a deficit hawk

Quoth Larry Summers: "just as you burden future generations when you accumulate debt, you also burden future generations when you defer maintenance."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jun 5, 2013

U.S. infrastructure spending has plummeted since 2008

The collapse of a bridge along I-5 in Washington has revived the debate over whether Congress should spend more to repair the nation's aging roads and bridges.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 24, 2013

The saddest bit of legislative text we’ve seen all week

Lawmakers aren't quite sure what to do about America's decrepit inland waterways.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 20, 2013

WonkTalk: How bad is America’s infrastructure, really?

A new report gives U.S. infrastructure a D+. But things might not be quite as bleak as they sound.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 19, 2013

America’s infrastructure gets a D+. That’s not as bad as it sounds.

The American Society for Civil Engineers has another dismal report card for U.S. infrastructure. The report is good at pointing out deficiencies, but not so good on policy.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 19, 2013

Washington should be worrying about education, infrastructure and health care

If we got education, health care and infrastructure right, a lot of our other economic problems would take care of themselves.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 13, 2013

Bad news: The U.S. power grid is getting pricier, less reliable

Americans are now paying 43 percent more to maintain the power grid than they did back in 2002. But the grid is also becoming less reliable, with blackouts taking 20 percent longer to fix.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 8, 2013

Is Congress really going to miss its free lunch on infrastructure?

What the Republican response to Obama's infrastructure proposals in the state of the union will tell us about the politics of 2013--and on whether a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild infrastructure will be lost.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Feb 11, 2013

McKinsey: World needs $57 trillion in infrastructure by 2030. Yes, trillion with a ‘t’

According to McKinsey, the world needs at least $57 trillion in infrastructure spending going forward. But there are ways to cut that number down to size.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 17, 2013

How easy is it to shut off a country’s Internet?

On Thursday, Syrians awoke to discover they had no access to the Internet. Where else could this happen? It all depends on the country.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 1, 2012

‘We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs’

Last night, the Daily Caller unearthed a video of Barack Obama saying (among many other things), “We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs." Sounds drastic. But this is also the sort of proposal that conservative and liberal transportation reformers have been pushing for years.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 3, 2012

Whatever happened to Obama’s goal of universal broadband access?

Remember when the Obama administration promised to bring "true broadband to every community in America"? The GOP sure does, and its 2012 platform criticizes the president for not making much progress on this pledge. So whatever happened to Obama's promise, anyway?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 29, 2012

Sick of the gas tax? A mileage-based tax might be a better option.

Lately, some states have realized that the gas tax has an irritating flaw. When people buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, revenues drop. So states are testing systems that would charge drivers based on how many miles they travel. And recent research suggests this idea might actually work.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 24, 2012

India’s infrastructure woes, in two charts

Last week's blackout in India has stoked plenty of debate over whether the world's second most-populous country is being held back by crummy infrastructure. But how bad is India's power grid, anyway? And is it really holding back economic growth?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 6, 2012

Highway bill showdown: Five things to know

With one day left until funding for the nation's roads and highways run out, the House and Senate are cobbling together a two-year, $120 billion highway bill. Here's a rundown of what you need to know about the bill--and how it will shape our transportation habits.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 29, 2012