There have been consistent whispers during the Trump Campaign of a national infrastructure deal just around the corner. While the whispers persist, there has not been any strong progression towards improving the national infrastructure. Multiple attempts have been made, but they have all fallen apart due to disagreement on the cost associated, where the cash will come from, and what sectors to prioritize. Typically, the first few years of a presidency are difficult to get alignment on topics. Infrastructure improvement seems to be an agreement on both sides. With the senate now split 50/50, Vice President elect, Kamala Harris’ vote could be the sway necessary to nudge the US infrastructure deal into action. With the American Society of Civil Engineers grading out the United states as a D+ on the current infrastructure, we certainly could use some renovations.
The latest update on COVID-19 cases shows a trend of cases increasing in all states except for six. Question is, what are these states doing differently? Restrictions are rapidly changing by the day in many states and major cities, however that’s not the case in all states. Some states have not made any new restrictions and remain unchanged, some have eased and even have been lifted. To find the most updated restrictions for your state visit, https://www.usatoday.com/storytelling/coronavirus-reopening-america-map/.
As the nation continues to navigate COVID-19, states are starting to open back up. Today in Pennsylvania, more counties are moving in to the ‘Green Phase’. The counties in the Green Phase have mitigated the risk for the 14 days required and are allowed to ‘open’ with strongly suggested guidelines from the Governor, Dr. Levine and the CDC.
Governor Wolf is attempting to “clean up” Pennsylvania’s emissions. His new Executive Order will require 25% of government vehicles to be replaced by electric vehicle by 2025. The big push for this change is mostly financially motivated, as it is projected to gain the state just under 3 billion dollars in subsidies due to a reduction in vehicular and greenhouse gas emissions. Major cities such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are doing their best to stay ahead of the curve. Other benefits include lower greenhouse gas emissions and a speculation that respiratory disease might be reduced.
Natural gas continues to be an increasingly important force within the United States Energy sector, and Pennsylvania is a cornerstone state for natural Gas production. According to the EIA, only Texas is responsible for producing more natural gas than Pennsylvania in the United States. Mass energy producers need mass distribution networks, and the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline out of northeastern Pennsylvania will help distribute natural gas all along the eastern seaboard as far south as Alabama.