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Why We Can’t Leave Fossil Fuels In The Ground

05 Oct 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Environmentalists and activists on the further reaches of the green movement occasionally go as far as to say ‘leave all fossil fuels in the ground.’ While a legitimate fear of climate change may make this view understandable, it is ultimately misguided. Modern life unequivocally requires fossil fuels, but that doesn’t…

Will FERC Consider Cumulative GHG Impacts of New Pipeline Projects? It’s Complicated

30 Jan 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Will FERC Consider Cumulative GHG Impacts of New Pipeline Projects? It’s Complicated The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made a little noticed determination over the course of 2018’s summer that modified how the commission performs environmental reviews moving forward – specifically, how and if they consider cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG)…

Do You Think Pipelines Are Safe?

29 Jun 2018, Posted by staff in Aii Asks, All Posts

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, “more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines safely deliver trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of billions of ton/miles of liquid petroleum products each year.”   166 people responded to our survey question of the…

What Is Innovation?

31 Jan 2018, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

No one really seems to know. Few can agree on a comprehensive definition of “innovation” because it means different things in different contexts. But most definitions of “innovation” align on three points. For an idea to be innovative (1) the idea must be new, (2) the idea must create value,…

What is Infrastructure?

18 Jan 2018, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

Infrastructure Defined   To engage in comprehensive and intelligent discussion regarding our nation’s infrastructure policy, we first need to be thoughtful about what qualifies as “infrastructure.” There is no unanimously adopted definition of infrastructure across sectors or policy lexicon. Many definitions describe “infrastructure” as the physical components of various systems…

Achieving A Sustainable Highway Infrastructure

12 Sep 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

By Samuel G. Bonasso, PE FASCE* As we look up at the sky and dream of tomorrow’s new sustainable infrastructure ideas, we must also remember to look at what is under our feet. The answer to many of the problems which drive our sustainable infrastructure concerns today will not be…

Trump Signs Infrastructure Executive Order

16 Aug 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

This afternoon, President Trump signed an Executive Order to speed up permit approvals for roads, bridges, waterways, and other major infrastructure projects by improving coordination between agencies, and making the process more predictable and transparent. Under the order, each major project will have a lead agency responsible for coordinating with…

Digging Deeper: Volume 1

15 Aug 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

How Economic Indicators And Population Demographics Impact Incident Rates “Digging Deeper” is the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure’s (Aii) new blog series focused on using the Common Ground Alliance’s Damage Information Reporting Tool’s (DIRT) inaugural interactive data dashboard to track indicators, trends, and correlations with the goal of zeroing in…

The U.S. Electric Grid: A Primer

15 Aug 2017, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

On July 12, we published “Building a Smarter Electric Grid: How Investing in Smarter Electricity Infrastructure Will Energize America,” a white-paper focused on the opportunities presented by a “smarter” electric network and the specific investments that should be made to take full advantage of tomorrow’s energy technologies without sacrificing the…