'Build Back Better' plan would transform America's aging infrastructure

The United States is in need of an infrastructure overhaul.

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Henry Hintermeister
Creative Associate

Author: Henry Hintermeister

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., magna cum laude, Tufts University

Henry grew up in southern Maine, where he developed his love for hiking, kayaking and track & field. He currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his girlfriend and enjoys getting together with family, reading fiction, listening to NPR and playing soccer.

From replacing lead service lines to electrifying our transportation, the United States is in need of an infrastructure overhaul.

President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" package, released on March 31, offers a transformative approach to revitalizing America's infrastructure. The plan takes a fix-it-first approach toward repairing the nation's highways and bridges and includes key provisions for expanding electric transportation, getting the lead out of drinking water, and strengthening the electric grid.

Those measures were listed as priorities in a plan, "Blueprint for America," put forward by our research partners at U.S. PIRG Education in November 2020.

"President Biden set forth a vision for a healthier and cleaner transportation future that will work better for all Americans," said U.S. PIRG Transportation Advocate John Stout.

"[This plan] recognizes the need to zero out carbon emissions and implement commonsense solutions that will end our reliance on fossil fuel infrastructure," added U.S. PIRG's director of environment campaigns, Matt Casale.

Read more.
Read "Blueprint for America."

Photo: President Biden's 'Build Back Better' infrastructure package includes critical electric vehicle investment. Credit: Matej Kastelic via Shutterstock

Henry Hintermeister
Creative Associate

Author: Henry Hintermeister

Creative Associate

 

Started on staff: 2019
B.A., magna cum laude, Tufts University

Henry grew up in southern Maine, where he developed his love for hiking, kayaking and track & field. He currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his girlfriend and enjoys getting together with family, reading fiction, listening to NPR and playing soccer.