JTF: Investing in infrastructure? Revamp the electric grid

President Trump has set a goal of a trillion dollars for upgrading and repairing America’s crumbling highways, railroads, and bridges. But Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government has this to say:

“Since 2007, the nation’s spare capacities dropped from 2.7 percent to 1.9 percent of total capacity. Clearly, the electrical grid is not prepared to facilitate a massive national infrastructure program or an increase in the use of electric vehicles without significant changes. The planned closure of 374 coal-fired power plants under ongoing Obama policies places the grid in further jeopardy. America cannot reindustrialize unless an upgraded electrical grid is put into place. Without ample electric power, we cannot have more jobs.”

 

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About the Author: David Rothbard

David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.

  • Mitchell

    I’ve been saying this my entire adult life and still nothing is done, if we would stop sending so much money to other countries we could revamp everything in just a few short years.

  • Barry O’brien

    We need a network of Thorium plants. But we have more than 200 years of coal and 1000 years of natural gas we could use as well.