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Inefficient infrastructure causes traffic delays and costs money. It hasn’t always been easy to precisely pinpoint the full costs of America’s infrastructure shortfalls, however new data showing five minute delays here and there cost one company, UPS, $105 million per year in added costs. That begins to tell us more about how our well-worn and sometimes worn-out infrastructure is costing companies big time. The backdrop to all of this is that highway and transit funding­, which pays for highway and transit infrastructure investments, is set to run out in under 100 days. And with a Congress that doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry to address it, it raises concerns about the immediate and long-term transportation funding future.

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) the cost of crumbling infrastructure could total $1 trillion between 2012 and 2020.

At what cost?

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) the cost of crumbling infrastructure could total $1 trillion between 2012 and 2020. That’s not all. Reduced productivity and higher costs could drain $3.1 trillion from the country’s gross domestic product. The data underscores the point that neglecting our infrastructure is taking a bite out of America’s net worth.

In 2013, ASCE gave the nation’s infrastructure a grade of “D+,”  which is a slight improvement over previous “D” grades, and estimated that to get to a grade of “B” would require an investment of $3.6 trillion over the next seven years.

The huge number of water main breaks, bridge closures, pothole-ridden roads and much more in communities from coast-to-coast are alarming but we can’t afford complacency.

What we can do about it

President Obama, ASCE, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a host of others recognize the necessity of long-term infrastructure investments and have taken steps to draw attention to this need. The president allocated $478 billion over six years for transportation in his proposed budget. ASCE’s infrastructure report cards provide and other general advocacy provide a revealing look at how infrastructure has gotten better or worse over time. Ray LaHood has called out lawmakers time and again for failing to muster up the political courage to do something meaningful.

Additionally the BlueGreen Alliance’s Repair America plan illustrates the benefits of long-term investments if we make the necessary repairs. For example, repairing America’s infrastructure could create 2.7 million jobs across the economy and increase the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $377 billion, while reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions and better protecting communities from the impacts of climate change.

States and cities are doing what they can to prevent the pipes under our cities from rotting away, water or natural gas leaking from energy infrastructure; fix congested roads; and prevent our schools from falling apart, wasting energy and water. The onus is on Congress to make the most impactful investment of long-term, predictable federal funding.

It’s time to step up infrastructure investments sooner rather than later. Time is money, especially for businesses like UPS and many others like it. Now’s the time to tell Congress to get to work to repair America! 

Posted In: Infrastructure
The following blog by BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director, Kim Glas was originally posted on the Huffington Post blog. The original post is available online here
While Broadway, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and ice skating at Rockefeller Center may get all the attention, New York's Mayor de Blasio is taking steps to make sure New York City gets a reputation for action on conservation and sustainability. With the introduction of his goal to reduce emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, the mayor has set the highest bar yet for a large city on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are innumerable ways to meet this target--the best is one that benefits as many people as possible.

A new report called "Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities, and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers", puts the best thinking on climate policy and job creation from worker organizations, environmental justice advocates, environmentalists, and other stakeholders to work. It's a strategy by ALIGN, along with the National AFL-CIO, the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the BlueGreen Alliance, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, and a large number of endorsers and supporters--to solve our jobs crisis, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Together, the 10 proposals introduced in the report have the potential to create 40,000 good jobsper year.

Hurricane Sandy underscored the city's vulnerability to extreme weather. Together, the fact that energy infrastructure lies squarely in some of the most flood-prone areas, within close reach of the city's 520 miles of coastline compiles the problem. Hurricane Sandy undermined the city's strength in a matter of hours. Let's not let that happen again.

Proposed fixes such as mandating energy efficiency retrofits in the city's largest buildings, replacing damaged and inefficient boilers with more efficient systems and more can strengthen the economy and create good, family-sustaining jobs.

Investing in our physical and social infrastructure requires us to be proactive and smart. We need to protect our subways and coastline from flooding and storm surges. We need to make our homes, hospitals and schools able to withstand severe weather, so that flooding like we experienced during Superstorm Sandy does not leave families in danger, especially lower-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by climate change.

We know what New York City looks like if we continue to delay investments. The solutions proposed in the "Climate Works for All" report illustrate what's possible when we make the right investments in the priorities that will create a brighter economic future and more sustainable economy.

Today we have an unprecedented opportunity to do right by our workers and communities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change by building infrastructure in a sustainable way. Efforts to curb emissions are a good start, but there is a vast and untapped potential that exists in initiatives that mandate energy efficiency retrofits in New York's largest buildings and replace inefficient boilers for example. Strategies like these can truly transform New York into a safer, more equitable city.

Posted In: New York, Infrastructure

The sorry state of America’s infrastructure received some well deserved screen time this week on 60 Minutes during a segment called, “Falling Apart: America’s Neglected Infrastructure.” Steve Kroft spoke with leaders including former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR), Amtrak’s president and CEO and former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The consensus amongst everyone was that we can’t afford to continue to uphold the status quo on how we’re currently managing America’s infrastructure.

The I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota in 2007 to the I-5 Skagit bridge collapse in 2013 in Washington state only begin to tell the story. According to 60 Minutes, one out of every nine bridges is structurally deficient. LaHood called them “dangerous.”

Pictured: The Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh, PA was built in 1928, at a time when cars and trucks weighed less.

“Our infrastructure is on life support right now. That's what we're on,” said Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation.

In case you missed the segment, we recap for you the top five alarming statements about America’s infrastructure:

  • “Our infrastructure is on life support right now. That's what we're on,” said Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation.
  • “There are more than more than 4,000 bridges in metropolitan Pittsburgh and 20 percent of them are structurally deficient, including one of the city's main arteries,” said Andy Hermann,” a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • “Every day in Pittsburgh five million people travel across bridges that either need to be replaced or undergo major repairs,” said Andy Hermann, a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • “I've actually been trying now for 44 months to at least get a hearing on transportation finance on the Highway Trust Fund that is slowly going bankrupt, and we've not had a single one,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer.
  • “If Congress wants to do something now, build this bridge. It's ready to be done. It's been ready for two years. Build it. It's tangible evidence that they can really get something done,” said Amtrak President and CEO about the Portal Bridge for trains in Hackensack, NJ.

The problems extend well beyond bridges however to all aspects of our infrastructure including airports, ports, water and wastewater management systems and more. The pervasive problems chronic underinvestment in America’s infrastructure have caused led BlueGreen Alliance to begin the Repair America campaign—an effort to modernize the infrastructure systems we rely on every day both to address climate change and to create good jobs. Through this campaign, we’re raising awareness about all of the challenges and opportunities tackling these issues present to us.

Americans can’t afford Congress’ weak resolve on fixing America’s infrastructure—there’s too much at risk. We must do more to protect ourselves and our communities from the disastrous impacts a crumbling infrastructure present to us.

Posted In: Infrastructure

While the votes for (most) of the candidates have been tallied and the dust from the midterm election is settling, we’re tallying up how vitally important transportation issues fared on the ballot this midterm election. The final count shows voters in large and small communities around the country said yes to some important statewide and local initiatives to bolster transportation spending projects in their own backyards.

In San Francisco for example voters gave an overwhelming thumbs up to a $500 million bond that will support road improvements and transit reliability and accessibility. Planned improvements include redesigned streets, more bike and transit-only lanes, improved maintenance and improvements at area metro stations.

While not all ballot initiatives in support of transportation spending were approved this year, 58 measures in 18 states over the past year were approved—that’s a 71 percent success rate for those keeping track.

Just outside San Francisco in Alameda County, voters backed an $8 billion plan that includes $2.8 billion for transit, $2.4 billion for street improvements, $1 billion for paratransit for people with disabilities, $650 million for bike/pedestrian and safety measures, and $300 million for transit-oriented development.

Marylanders approved a statewide constitutional amendment to keep politicians’ paws off of the state’s Transportation Trust Fund—protecting these funds from being used to support general expenses in the state budget. Wisconsin voters approved a similar measure to safeguard transportation funds by stipulating revenue deposited in the state’s transportation fund be spent only on transportation-related projects.

Clayton County, Georgia residents—an Atlanta suburb—rejected a decision by a county board in 2010 to cancel bus service by voting in favor of a one-cent sales tax to join the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) system. The vote will expand transportation options in one of the most gridlocked cities in the country.

While not all ballot initiatives in support of transportation spending were approved this year, 58 measures in 18 states over the past year were approved—that’s a 71 percent success rate for those keeping track. It underscores the point that Americans are willing to spend a little bit more to have a smarter, safer and more efficient transportation infrastructure.

The higher than average success rate of these measures—twice the success rateof ballot measures generally—sends a strong message to Congress that these are the kinds of investments people want in their communities. Now that thousands of voters have said yes to local transportation investments, it’s time for Congress to say yes to the investments that will truly improve the quality of all of America’s infrastructure.   

Posted In: Infrastructure

Just over a week ago the BlueGreen Alliance—a coalition of 15 of America’s largest labor unions and national environmental groups representing more than 15 million members and supporters—sent a letter to President Obama supporting national standards to reduce methane emissions. EDF’s Natural Gas Director of Communications, Lauren Whittenberg, recently talked with Rob McCulloch, Director of Infrastructure Programs at BlueGreen Alliance to learn more about their interest in this issue. 

Lauren: Hi Rob. Can you tell us a little about BlueGreen Alliance, and the work you’re doing?

Rob: BlueGreen alliance is a national partnership working to find common ground among labor unions and environmental groups and advance policies that help build a cleaner, fairer, and more competitive American economy.

Our partners agree: Our nation’s response to today’s environmental challenges will determine our future economy. It is important that our response includes the creation of good, family-sustaining jobs for future generations.

Part of this transition is represented by new manufacturing and operations jobs that will make the energy that powers our economy more efficient and less polluting. According to a new report, industries tackling methane reduction represent a significant opportunity to create those good, family-sustaining jobs we need for a clean economy here at home. America should be leading the world in creating, manufacturing, and deploying these technologies.

Lauren: What are the environmental benefits of reducing methane?

Rob: Atmospheric methane created by human activities are the next biggest contributor to climate change behind carbon dioxide—if we’re serious about fighting climate change, reducing methane needs to be part of the equation. Whether it’s via repairing and replacing our leak-prone natural gas distribution pipes, or continuing to develop and deploy technologies that prevent the escape of methane to the atmosphere, we can be doing a lot to reduce emissions right here, right now. We believe doing it in these ways helps strengthen—not disrupt—our economy.

Also, the technologies being deployed to reduce methane often have the co-benefit of reducing other pollution.

Lauren: What’s the economic opportunity to reduce methane emissions?

Rob: It’s estimated we can eliminate as much as half of all climate-warming methane emissions across our oil and gas sector in the next five years using proven, low-cost technologies—we’re not talking about reinventing the wheel here. And as the report I mentioned suggests, we have a lot to gain. American companies are rightfully at the forefront of emission-reduction technology, creating and supporting good jobs and stimulating local economies.

Keeping methane out of the atmosphere will help companies cut waste in addition to reducing the climate change impact of these emissions. A recent report by ICF International estimates methane emissions could be reduced by 40 percent below projected 2018 levels at an average annual cost of less than one cent per thousand cubic feet of produced natural gas

Lauren: Thanks. Do you have anything else to add?

Rob: Moving forward on a national methane standard benefits not only the environment but American workers. In some cases, the private sector is already implementing methane pollution reduction measures on their own accord. And, while some states have taken action to reduce methane emissions, no national standards are in place to effectively reduce methane leakage – which would protect our communities and economy.

Our partnership will continue to support strong efforts to reduce carbon emissions—including the Clean Power Plan rule that’s moving from paper to reality. But, to effectively fight climate change, we need to reduce methane emissions as well.

We’re already seeing the impacts of extreme weather events that climate change only intensifies, like floods and droughts. The upcoming anniversary of Hurricane Sandy reminds us all there is no time to wait. The clock is ticking, and Americans are ready to go to work.



Posted In: Climate Change, Infrastructure

For many situations, the adage that “nothing in life is free” rings true. At the end of the day, though, fixing climate change could counter that notion. A new report by the New Climate Economy suggests that protecting communities from the effects of climate change and making the necessary preparations for this new reality could add up to zero cost.

The report—and the commission behind it—is the result of the work of 24 former heads of state, including the former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, as well as finance ministers and others from across the world. It explores and suggests several pathways to a stronger and more resilient economy through infrastructure investments and policies that create a clean energy future, rethink land use, stimulate innovation, and more. 

On the cost front, the numbers break down to the following. Infrastructure investments for a “high-carbon” economy are estimated to be around $6 trillion per year. Renewable energy and other related strategies to lower carbon emissions will increase investment requirements to $270 billion per year. According to the report, “These higher capital costs could potentially be fully offset by lower operating costs, for example from reduced expenditure on fuel. Investing in a low-carbon economy is a cost-effective form of insurance against climate risk.”

The report’s authors should be applauded for the attention they give to infrastructure investments in general, but especially to energy infrastructure. The report discusses, “How that money is spent is critically important: it can help build robust, flexible energy systems that will serve countries well for decades to come, or it can lock in an energy infrastructure that exposes countries to future market volatility, air pollution, and other environmental and social stresses.”

The report explores and suggests several pathways to a stronger and more resilient economy through infrastructure investments and policies that create a clean energy future, rethink land use, stimulate innovation, and more.  

These are the same policies the BlueGreen Alliance has put at the forefront of its Repair America campaign because prioritizing infrastructure investments is a “twofer” for the environmental and economic benefits that can result.

These findings provide a prologue to what will be a constructive debate about where we go from here on climate action on a global stage, especially prior to the People’s Climate March this weekend. The march will take place ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit—a gathering of over 100 world leaders in New York City next week to discuss larger efforts to limit carbon emissions. The march is an effort to send a message that the stakes are high and to pressure leaders to take head on the challenge of climate change.

The good news is that more people than ever are tuned in to what will happen next on climate action. The convergence of events over the next week—including the release of this report, the People’s Climate March and other events leading up to the U.N. Climate Summit—may lead some to think we’ve reached a new height of environmental awareness. Maybe we have, but regardless this is just the beginning of much more work to come that will require us all to roll up our sleeves and implement the solutions that come from all of these great discussions. 

Posted In: Climate Change, Infrastructure

Despite the fact that our infrastructure systems are failing—with the U.S. earning only a “D+” grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 Report Card—and the need to prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change, the simple fact is the Congress has done virtually nothing over the past two years to tackle either problem. That inaction is reflected in the August employment statistics that showed an underwhelming 142,000 jobs were created last month in the U.S. and the unemployment rate remains little changed at 6.1 percent. 

For the two sectors of our economy that would be most impacted positively by investments in our infrastructure systems—manufacturing and construction—it was mixed news. While the construction sector did gain jobs, the sector remains depressed when compared to how it fared before the Great Recession. There was no job growth in the manufacturing sector in August. Zero. Zilch. 


One voice can be drowned out. The thousands (and the many people joining in at locations around the world) at the People’s Climate March will not be.  

Congress punted when it came time to fix our transportation systems for the long-term, providing only a few months of extension instead of a fully funded, future-looking bill. And, when it comes to other areas of our infrastructure they haven’t even done that.

Infrastructure and climate change are related issues. Our infrastructure protects us from climate change impacts, like extreme weather. It is tested and stressed by climate change. And, the inefficiencies in our systems contribute to climate change by producing excess waste. 

The sad reality is that we’re hanging communities out to dry. With the kind of infrastructure deficit our country faces, we need every level of government to prioritize investments in these systems we rely on every day for water, energy, to communicate with each other, and to get from place to place. But, while cities and even states are sporadically taking action across the country and are doing the best they can, Congress has been sitting on their hands. 

Congress could (and should) pass an Infrastructure Development Bank bill. They could (and should) pass a long-term, fully funded transportation bill. And, they could (and should) protect funding for clean water in the revolving loan fund. But they aren’t. And, in the end it’s costing us jobs, making our communities less safe, and letting the inefficiencies in our system—from people being left without access to transit to methane leaking from natural gas distribution pipelines that consumers end up paying for to wasting power (and water) pumping water through pipes that are broken—continue to produce excess carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases that are, in turn, making climate change worse. 


Around the country, states and cities are doing their best to hold their heads above water. Meanwhile, Congress is doing their best to push them under. We need leaders who will lead. And, we need to push them do it. 

That’s why we’re supporting the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21. By letting our leaders—and leaders from around the world—know with one voice that we need action now to address climate change, and we’re also letting them know that we need investments in these systems that we all rely on every day. 

It’s clear that unless we truly put the pressure on nothing will get done. One voice can be drowned out. The thousands (and the many people joining in at locations around the world) at the People’s Climate March will not be. You can be there to help us out. Sign up here.

Posted In: New York, Infrastructure, Clean Energy

On a beautiful summer morning on Minnesota’s Iron Range last week, local members from several unions including the United Steelworkers—many of whom work in the taconite mines—and International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) met with U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (MN – 8) to talk about the need and opportunity presented by repairing America’s infrastructure systems and making large, industrial energy users in Minnesota more efficient. About 25 union members gathered in Mountain Iron for the roundtable discussion that also featured State Rep. Jason Metsa (DFL –Virginia). 

Congressman Nolan spoke on a variety of topics, including the need for Congress to address critical transportation needs by passing a long term, fully funded transportation bill by through Congress and the importance of strong Buy America provisions to ensure materials used to repair our infrastructure systems are made here in the U.S. “I was pleased to be part of this great event and it is critical that we invest in our infrastructure to make our communities safe and healthy, create family-sustaining jobs for workers, and to cut down inefficiencies,” said Nolan. 

"it is critical that we invest in our infrastructure to make our communities safe and healthy, create family-sustaining jobs for workers, and to cut down inefficiencies. - U.S. Rep. Nolan

Bob Ryan, Rapid Response Coordinator for United Steelworkers (USW) District 11 also spoke to the gathering saying, “Repairing our infrastructure will create good, union jobs making the steel to rebuild bridges and rails and the concrete that will be poured to repair our roads, and building the systems used to generate renewable energy, like wind turbines and solar panels. And, it will help our environment.” 

In addition to the infrastructure focus, the group discussed the need to make Minnesota’s industry more energy efficient, highlighting a new law that passed this year that will allow the Department of Commerce to provide low-interest loans to companies, hospitals, and other large energy users to cut their energy waste. Rep. Metsa championed the law in the legislature and Ryan said of it, “this is a good start toward improving energy efficiency for large energy users and we should build on this program to implement other strategies to help companies remain competitive by reducing energy waste.” 

Earlier this year, the BlueGreen Alliance released recommendations for policy changes and executive actions to spur industrial energy efficiency efforts in the state. Competing to Win: Spurring Industrial Energy Efficiency in Minnesota summarized the benefits of increasing industrial energy efficiency, quantified the opportunity for the state of Minnesota, identified the barriers preventing projects from being installed, and issued a series of recommendations to address these barriers.   

All in all, it was a fine event at the local city hall where solar panels from a local manufacturer help power the facility and wind turbines stand majestically on a ridge overlooking the small community. We thank Congressman Nolan, Rep. Metsa, and the union members who joined us to show their support for a more prosperous and efficient economy. 

Posted In: Minnesota, Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure, United Steelworkers, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union

Congressional gridlock will spell out real traffic headaches for commuters unless Congress approves federal funding for the Highway Trust Fund before it officially runs out September 30. Luckily, this hard deadline and a looming August recess where lawmakers will leave DC and will have to defend what they’re doing to solve transportation problems in their home districts, has finally motivated some lawmakers to go for broke to prevent the trust fund from running out.

The Short-Term Fix

Senator Wyden from Oregon has emerged as a leader on those efforts, having brokered an agreement with Republicans on a plan that would provide almost $11 billion in funding for the Highway Trust Fund—which is enough to keep it up and running until May 2015. Last night showed signs of progress as the House of Representatives approved a measure that funds the Highway Trust Fund for one year, similar to the agreement Senator Wyden hammered out. Now the measure awaits Senate action.  

Further bolstering support for a short-term fix, the White House has signaled it would back a similar measure. However, President Obama and other administration officials haven’t lost sight of the long-view priorities of the Grow AMERICA agenda which the president spoke about in a Washington, DC event recently.

 "Congress should act now, not just to make the repairs desperately needed, but to build the modern infrastructure essential to create and sustain jobs and to build a stronger, more competitive economic future," said Kim Glas, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance.

BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas attended the event and said, “The state of our nation’s infrastructure not only impacts our economy, but our environment suffers as well. Congress should act now, not just to make the repairs desperately needed, but to build the modern infrastructure essential to create and sustain jobs and to build a stronger, more competitive economic future. The GROW AMERICA Act will help us accomplish just that.”

A Problem That Isn’t Going Away

We can and must do better than another short term fix though. Americans need and deserve a long-term plan that provides adequate funding, sets necessary policy, and gives states time to set priorities and plan projects. America’s roads and transit systems each earned a “D” grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Our nation’s bridges—which have an average age of 42 years old and nearly 65,000 of which are closed or have load restrictions due to age—didn’t fare much better, earning only a “C+” grade.

Now that the House has passed an extension, it’s the Senate’s move. Failing to act on a short-term fix to rescue the Trust fund puts 700,000 jobs at risk immediately—which would be like Congress firing everyone in Wyoming, Washington, D.C., or Vermont.  But our long-term job growth depends on finishing the job.

We still believe Congress can come through on a plan to save the Highway Trust Funding from going bankrupt. But, more than that, we know it’s time for Congress to work together to pass a long-term, fully funded transportation bill that will fix the problems caused by decades of neglect and that will repair and modernize our infrastructure to support a prosperous 21st century economy.

Posted In: Transportation, Infrastructure

The following blog is by Rob McCulloch, Director of Infrastructure Programs for the BlueGreen Alliance. 

Recently, as part of a continuing effort to engage key constituencies to help craft and implement the president’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) hosted representatives—including several BlueGreen Alliance members and allies across the labor movement and industry—to a wide-ranging discussion on methane reduction. The event was led by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and the president’s advisor on energy and climate, Dan Utech. 

Progress on the Climate Action Plan 

As outlined by the Climate Action Plan, “reducing methane emissions is a powerful way to take action on climate change; and putting methane to use can support local economies with a source of clean energy that generates revenue, spurs investment and jobs, improves safety, and leads to cleaner air.” 

The intersection of job creation and a more sustainable economy lies squarely in BlueGreen Alliance’s interest. In particular, the alliance and our partners—to include the AFL-CIO—have spent the past several months focusing on natural gas distribution pipelines (the networks delivering gas at the community level to our homes and businesses) in our Repairing our Cities Aging Pipelines campaign. Our goal is to drive investment in the repair and upgrade of these systems, especially older, more leak-prone pipes—to reduce system leakage, which would help avert atmospheric methane while making our energy systems more reliable, resilient, and create U.S. jobs. 

Pound-for-pound, methane represents at least 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, making it critical that we keep this gas in the system. [EB1] Additionally, families and businesses should expect that the gas they pay for is being efficiently delivered rather than lost to leaks through the system.


Pound-for-pound, methane represents at least 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, making it critical that we keep this gas in the system.


Putting people to work, driving solutions 

We have the opportunity to modernize our natural gas distribution system by repairing the thousands of miles of older pipes under our cities with advanced, American-made pipe, investing in our communities and putting people to work in the installation and operation of a 21-century gas infrastructure—not a 19th century one. 

Last week’s roundtable and other forums initiated by a pro-active administration are a key opportunity to elevate this important aspect of reducing methane. In particular, the Quadrennial Energy Review underway by the DoE has a stated focus on finding ways to address with these ‘downstream’ systems, 

Featured in last week’s discussion was the role DoE can play to reduce methane, from improving the accounting greenhouse gases, developing and deploying better technology, and how the federal government can assist states and local communities maintain more efficient natural gas systems. 

BlueGreen looks forward to helping drive these solutions, as we also continue to work at the state and local level to advance investment mechanisms and policy approaches that restore our infrastructure to a good state of repair.


Posted In: Infrastructure
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