Tagged: infrastructure

Delaying Action on Climate Change Could Cause “Substantial Economic Damage,” Says White House Report

The Obama Administration has already implemented a number of climate change policies in the last year to combat phenomena such as global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, but what are the economic costs of delaying further action? The White House released today a report from the Council Economic of Advisers...

Securing the U.S. Electrical Grid, the “Most Critical of Critical Infrastructure” 

The Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC) released a report this month on the U.S. electrical grid, a system it dubs “the most critical of critical infrastructure.” In preparation for its report, CSPC conducted a series of off-the-record discussions with experts from the government, the private sector, and the policy...

Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

The United States is economically at risk by the climate change happening today. A report done by The Risky Business Project shows that the human-induced climate threats-“rising seas, increased damage from storm surge, more frequent bouts of extreme heat”- are starting to hurt our American economy and will continue to...

DHS Report Describes “Key Threats and Hazards” to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a report on the status of U.S. critical infrastructure titled, “Sector Risk Snapshots.” This compendium “provides a brief overview and risk profile of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, the Education, Electric, and Oil and Natural Gas Subsectors, and the seven Transportation...

Chemical Facility Safety and Security: A Shared Commitment

In August 2013, the Obama Administration issued Executive Order (EO) 13650: “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” that aims to “improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders.” To identify the ways in which improvements...

GAO Review of Ammonium Nitrate Facilities: OSHA and EPA Provide “Limited Oversight” 

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released this week a report on safety policies and procedures at U.S. chemical facilities, particularly those that deal with ammonium nitrate. Following the April 2013 explosion of the ammonium nitrate fertilizer plant in West, Texas, GAO has been examining the oversight of similar facilities to...

American Values at Risk: The Impacts of Climate Change on National Landmarks

The impacts of climate change can be devastating to U.S. infrastructure; the natural disasters it induces (rising seas, floods, droughts, wildfires, etc.) can damage buildings, sever power lines, contaminate water, and destroy agriculture. Most of these assets are easily repaired or replaced, but what about damage done to infrastructure that...

Opportunity for All: The President’s FY2015 Budget Fact Sheet

The White House released a Fact Sheet on the President’s budget for fiscal year 2015, Opportunity for All: Building a 21st Century Infrastructure, which is a summary of the “roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring fiscal responsibility.” The president plans to lean on bipartisan...

Obama Administration Releases Third National Climate Assessment

This morning the Obama Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, which “assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States.” Described as a “key deliverable” of the president’s Climate Action Plan, the report “documents climate change related impacts and responses for various sectors and...

Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting Goals

The Project on Managing the Atom of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs released today its lead-up report to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, which takes place March 24-25, 2014 in The Hague. The report, “Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting New Goals”, “outlines what was accomplished...