Companies Call for Net-Zero Investment

July 16, 2021 – Forty-one leading companies, including Holcim, called on Congress to prioritize investments that can accelerate the transition to a resilient net-zero economy in any infrastructure legislation. The companies, in a joint statement organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), cited the physical and economic risks posed by climate change, which have already begun to critically…

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Brookings: We Need Regional Leaders’ Input on Infrastructure

According to new research from the Brookings Institution, U.S. infrastructure policy must start with a clear understanding of what regional leaders need – and not just infrastructure agencies, but also the business leadership and community groups that all collaborate to build competitive, inclusive and resilient economies.

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Coalition for Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment

July 8, 2021 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it has joined Business Roundtable, the National Association of Manufacturers, AFL-CIO, the National Retail Federation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, North America’s Building Trades Unions, as well as over 20 business and labor organizations to launch the Coalition for Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment. The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association has also signed on…

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Guest Editorial: Improving the Aggregate Industry Starts with Fixing Supply Chains

By Priyesh Ranjan Aggregates are quite literally the bedrock of U.S. infrastructure. In 2020 alone, the estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption was 2.43 billion metric tons. But despite a growing aggregate demand, there is one cog in the machine that’s preventing the industry from reaching its full potential: a broken supply chain network. 

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First Look July 2021

TOP NEWS • USGS STATS • ECONOMIC INDICATORS • MSHA WATCH • ENERGY TOP NEWS  Bipartisan BillPresident Biden and a bipartisan group of senators have announced a deal on infrastructure spending. According to the White House, the price tag comes in at $1.2 trillion over eight years, with $579 billion in new spending. Other sources peg the legislation as a $973-…

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Pacific Northwest Not Built For Heat

July 1, 2021 – Very interesting story on Wired. On Sunday, as temperatures hit 105, the concrete beneath State Route 544 outside Everson, Wash., began to do what concrete does when it gets really hot: It expanded. By 5 p.m., the asphalt above it had softened and cracked, leaving a thick, humped seam across two lanes. To the south, in Portland, Ore., a road on the…

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