About 30,000 natural-gas fueling stations will be operating worldwide by 2020, highlighting the increasing potential for natural gas as a transportation fuel in the United States and globally, asserts a new study by Navigant Research. However, a study this year by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) identified a “lack of refueling infrastructure” as one of the chief barriers to development of natural-gas vehicle (NGV) transportation. Read more
During his visit to Amazon.com’s distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee this week, President Barack Obama proposed plans for a deal that cuts corporate tax rates and directs funds to initiatives that create more middle class jobs. The president’s “grand bargain” with the GOP would also provide tax incentives for manufacturers that reshore jobs to the U.S., which will help bolster the economy.
The U.S. water infrastructure breaks once each minute and about 540,000 times each year. The entire network is comprised of about 1.8 million miles of water distribution lines. Because of the age of the infrastructure, however, it leaks about six billion gallons of fresh water per day, according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Read more
America’s global competitors are racing to construct or expand sophisticated high-speed rail networks, while U.S. plans for high-speed rail have stalled. Should we continue to pursue construction of advanced train systems for commuting, travel, and business, or is high-speed rail a colossal waste of public funds? Read more
The latest annual infrastructure report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given the U.S. a D+ grade — a modest improvement from the prior year, but still close to failing. The ASCE’s recommendation is to fund more projects to hire civil engineers. Read more
Researchers at a U.S.-based security firm have traced the origins and design of Stuxnet, the first cyber weapon designed to shut down industrial facilities. Here we look at the true story behind Stuxnet, and what it means for the industrial security infrastructure. Read more