Water! Biden’s Much Needed Infrastructure Plan
America’s infrastructure has been on a bit of a downward spiral for some time; no one wants to spend more on taxes, and yet no one wants to drive on potholed highways or drink water from leaded pipes, largely because it’s dangerous. In fact, our most recent infrastructure report card gave us an overall grade of D+.
Which makes Biden’s plan to rebuild our infrastructure and our economy so exciting. Not only does it focus on rebuilding the literal foundation of our country, but it also specifically focuses on climate change and racial inequalities; both of which are issues that must be addressed to building thriving, empowered communities.
$66 billion goes to modernizing water and wastewater infrastructure, and an additional $45 billion to eliminating lead pipes. $50 billion prepares the country’s infrastructure for floods, droughts, hurricanes, and wildfires. On top of that, $180 billion for research and development into new technologies to help address each of these issues in innovative ways that could ultimately change the world for the better.
It’s not approved yet, and it will face hurdles, as all things in politics do. But it gives us hope that we really could make America a truly great country: an innovative, equal, healthy, strong, vibrant country that is ready for the future.