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Understanding Modern Roots March

01 Mar 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Throughout your daily routine – whether it’s your commute to work, grocery shopping, or visiting grandma – your life is dependent on crucial pieces of infrastructure you may not even notice. The foundation of our ability to enjoy electricity, running water, and home heating rests on millions of miles of…

Push Toward Renewables Requires Mining and Fossil Fuels

23 Feb 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The current push to electrify the U.S. transportation sector along with homes and businesses means that massive amounts of raw material will be needed to build out a more robust and smarter grid, deploy new renewable technology, and facilitate power storage. This electrified future that many long for will require…

South Carolina State Rep Joins Thank Tank Advisory Council

23 Feb 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Newsletter

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: February 23, 2022 Contact: John Cassibry, jcassibry@aii.org   South Carolina State Representative Joins Aii Advisory Council   Charleston, S.C. (February 23, 2022) – South Carolina State Representative Marvin Pendarvis joins the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) Advisory Council. In this volunteer capacity, Rep. Pendarvis…

Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse Shows Need for Immediate Bridge Investment

14 Feb 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Embed from Getty Images Bridges are so integral to U.S. infrastructure and commonplace in our lives that we only notice them when something is wrong. Across the U.S., almost 10 percent of the bridges linking communities are structurally deficient. The collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last…

Measuring the Impact of Storms on Critical Infrastructure

03 Feb 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

With harsh winter conditions ramping up and COVID-19 requiring more people to quarantine or work remotely, broadband resiliency has never been more important. Unfortunately, storms often cause power failures, leaving many without electricity and even internet service when they need it most. In January, an extreme winter snowstorm in parts…

Proactive Steps to Minimize Oilfield Footprints

28 Jan 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Running ahead of public policy, the corporate world is adopting new and innovative ways to ensure responsible operations and stewardship of their environments. The approach of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) has given companies a framework to prioritize projects, minimize their footprint, engage their communities, and measure their performance…

A Sustainable Model

26 Jan 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Thriving society requires energy. The source of that energy can come from an array of natural resources and technological processes to convert light, heat, and motion into power. Energy development must, of course, be reconciled with environmental protection to minimize negative externalities. As innovators and public officials seek a sustainable…

Infrastructure Think Tank Calls For New Energy Model

26 Jan 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Press Releases

Washington, D.C, January 26, 2021 — The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) on Wednesday released its newest report, A Sustainable Energy Model: Ensuring Robust Energy, Resilient Infrastructure, and Climate Balance. The report offers a new model to move beyond the energy and environmental status quo. In the report, also…

5G Flight Interference

25 Jan 2022, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

Between snowstorms hitting large swathes of the East Coast of the United States, the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and continued supply chain crises, airlines have faced a gauntlet of events for cancellations in recent weeks. However, one issue stands out: Verizon and AT&T’s 5G wireless service rollout. Alarm bells were…

Citing the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure

01 Jan 2022, Posted by bdierker in All Posts

  The Internet can still be the wild west of information at times. But never fear, Aii is here to promote some order in our corner of the world. Finding, quoting, or citing any organization can depend on personal style and preference as well as journalistic standards and style guides….

A $90 Billion Problem with Obvious Solutions

20 Dec 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Every year, nearly $100 billion are lost in the U.S. economy due to excavation damage and the inefficiencies in the system designed to prevent them. With systemic issues unaddressed, these costs are poised to keep rising year after year. What is even worse, Congress enacted a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package…

Flood Mitigation Policies and Practices

17 Dec 2021, Posted by John Cassibry in All Posts, Blog Posts

As the U.S. comes out of hurricane season and the Infrastructure and Jobs Act allocates multi-million dollar resources for infrastructure repairs, flood mitigation infrastructure stands to benefit from a long-awaited influx of funds. Dam failures and massive flooding have struck numerous communities on the coast and inland as the impacts…

Building New Infrastructure, Damaging the Old

10 Dec 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Constructing new infrastructure, buildings, or even planting trees all require breaking ground. These excavation projects use shovels, augers, jackhammers, backhoes, and other excavation equipment to scrape away earth and make way for new foundations, new pipelines, and new facilities. The problem is that this often threatens the subsurface infrastructure already…

Climate Change: A Differential Diagnosis

23 Nov 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

If Gregory House, MD has taught us anything it is that people lie and people have bias. On a topic as politically charged as climate change, we can chalk lies up to rhetoric and framing of an issue. But the more interesting and pertinent issue is bias. When starting a…