Tag: infrastructure

Fueling Stations Reach Parity in UK As Subsidy Cut Sinks Plug-in Hybrids

The United Kingdom, a highly populous (and heavily taxed) country that’s smaller than 11 U.S. states, may serve as a canary in the coal mine for electric vehicle adoption. If there’s enough places to charge up your EV, will buyers make the switch? From across the pond comes news that, for the first time, the […]

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Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?

By Jim Morrison. Originally published by Yale Environment 360 and cross posted from Grist’s Climate Desk collaboration For cities in the United States, the price of infrastructure projects to combat rising seas and intensifying storms is coming into focus — and so is the sticker shock. In Boston, where many neighborhoods have been built and […]

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Why We Need Publicly Owned Energy for a Green New Deal

Yves here. Even though this piece is written for a UK audience, the principles have broad application. Seattle is one of the few US cities that operates its electrical utility. Can natives tell me how well that’s working, and what if any shortcomings need to be addressed, particularly from a clean energy perspective? By Cat […]

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Reclaiming the Commons Through State Ownership? Maybe Not

By Milan Babic, a PhD candidate at the Corpnet research group at the University of Amsterdam. He works on the implications of the rise of transnational state capital and global corporate power. You can find him on Twitter (@mbabic_1) or on milanbabic.com. Originally published at openDemocracy as part of its Decolonising the economy’series In a […]

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Hit by Epic Construction Downturn, Mexico Faces Reality: New President Tries to Get Folks to Play by the Rules, and Everything Stalls

Yves here. Mexican president Obrador, known as AMLO, may be presiding over a borderline recession. Even though the economy has softened, he still is very popular. And I wonder if some of his fans would attribute the slowdown to a capital strike by those who feel most threatened by his reforms. Having said that, AMLO […]

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Trump Promised Massive Infrastructure Projects—Instead We’ve Gotten Nothing

Yves here. In a bit of synchronicity, when a reader was graciously driving me to the Department of Motor Vehicles (a schlepp in the wilds of Shelby County), she mentioned she’d heard local media reports that trucks had had their weight limits lowered due to concern that some overpasses might not be able to handle […]

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Philadelphia Explosion One in String of ‘Near Miss’ Accidents at Refineries Using Deadly Chemical

Lambert here: If you live near a refinery, beware of Hydrogen Fluoride (HF). Also, if you’re in Philly, give thanks for the refinery workers. By Sharon Kelly, an attorney and freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She has reported for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, National Wildlife, Earth Island Journal, and a variety […]

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Private Equity and “Institutional” Investor Owned U.K. Utility Engaged in Massive Fraud, Regulatory Evasions, Worker Coercion, Caused “Catastrophic” Environmental Damage

Of all the inhabitants of the Little Shop of Horrors that is neoliberalism, surely the most gruesome cohort must be privatization of monopoly public services. And then within this best-worst category, privatization of potable water and wastewater treatment utilities can’t be anything other than an outright winner of this ugly competition. Where I live in […]

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Victory Gardens in the World Wars (and in the Neoliberal Era)

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Fun-loving readers, I noted Hopelb’s comment on Victory Gardens (June 9 on a Midwest flooding post)[1], and thought I’d put together a potted history of Victory Gardens with some remarks on climate change, with one or two World Wars I and II posters for color, but then I got sidetracked […]

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VW’s Electrify America Sticks With Walmart for EV Charging Expansion

<img data-attachment-id="1676926" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Large-Walmart-Clarksville-IN-301-e1559937532619.jpg" data-orig-size="2032,1524" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"1.8","credit":"","camera":"iPhone 7","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1542281857","copyright":"","focal_length":"4","iso":"20","shutter_speed":"0.00073099415204678","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="Large-Walmart-Clarksville–IN-301" data-image-description=" electrify america ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Large-Walmart-Clarksville-IN-301-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Large-Walmart-Clarksville-IN-301-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1676926″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Large-Walmart-Clarksville-IN-301-610×458.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”458″> Roughly a year ago, Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America announced a partnership with Walmart to help proliferate EV charging sites across the United States. Equal parts penance for VW’s illegal diesel shenanigans and shrewd […]

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Driving Dystopias: China Doesn’t Sound Terribly Fun

<img data-attachment-id="1675976" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150.jpg" data-orig-size="1000,667" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="china road" data-image-description=" Destinyweddingstudio/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1675976″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shutterstock_265499150.jpg 1000w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> With China having become the world’s largest automotive market by individual sales, it’s worth keeping tabs on it […]

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River of No Return

Willard Ruzicka saw it all in a dream. The Niobrara River, which runs a few hundred feet from his family’s farmhouse in the unincorporated village of Pishelville, Nebraska, had topped its banks. But instead of water edging toward his house from the north, the dream river—somewhere upstream, in the direction of Spencer Dam—had jumped the […]

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