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10/15/2021

The latest oil spill off the Southern California coast is likely to be around 25,000 gallons -- much lower than originally feared, according to the Coast Guard. The cause of the leak in the line, owned by Houston-based Amplify Energy, is being investigated.

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The Associated Press
10/15/2021

A new plan issued by the Biden administration tasks federal financial regulators and budget offices to create frameworks that gauge dangers posed by climate change and effects on federal operations and services. The plan includes previously announced updates to building codes in relation to the National Flood Insurance Program. It also calls on the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs to take into account climate factors for their home loan programs.

SmartTake: Though all of this impacts how built environments are created and maintained, pages 30-35 of the executive order speak specifically about infrastructure.

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The Hill, CNBC
10/15/2021

Given a choice between the traditional gas tax and an experimental per-mile road usage tax, few Oregon motorists are excited about the latter, according to the state Department of Transportation. The mileage alternative started six years ago in a bid to help make up for the loss of revenue from non-gas-using electric vehicles, but the initial 1,200 participating drivers has since shrunk to 765.

10/15/2021

The Energy Department plans to introduce smart controls and sensors into more than 7,000 buildings nationwide in $61 million worth of energy efficiency pilot programs. The new grid-interactive efficient buildings, or GEBs, will link to the power grid and serve to reduce consumption during peak periods while curbing carbon emissions.

10/15/2021

New York City should add more bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes, phase out free parking, incorporate green infrastructure to help manage stormwater and add public spaces to the city Department of Transportation's purview, according to a report by Regional Plan Association. The recommendations reflect the nonprofit's belief that storm preparedness, economic development and transportation of people and goods are interlinked.

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Smart Cities Dive
10/15/2021

A blend of asphalt and recycled plastic is covering a section of a Ridley Creek State Park roadway in Pennsylvania. The pilot project will assess the mixture for potential benefits including durability and diverting plastics from landfills.

10/15/2021

An experiment lasting 13 years tested the viability of glass- and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer coatings as a means to externally add strength to concrete structures. Researchers observed significant differences in debonding in indoor and outdoor environments.

10/15/2021

The International Space Station (ISS) was launched in 1984, under the leadership of then U.S. President, who in his State of the Union Address directed NASA to build an international space station. Who was this President?

  A. Lyndon B. Johnson
  B. Gerald Ford
  C. Jimmy Carter
  D. Ronald Reagan
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ASME
10/14/2021

The Biden administration could create up to 77,000 jobs by building enough offshore wind capacity to power more than 10 million homes by 2030. The goal is to install 30 gigawatts of offshore wind to avoid about 78 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

SmartTake: The administration is bullish on offshore wind, but it also appears committed to the entire spectrum of renewable energy, as the Interior Department is looking to install 25 gigawatts of onshore renewable energy from wind and solar power by 2025.

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The Associated Press
10/14/2021

The pandemic has underscored the discrepancy between travel patterns of blue- and white-collar workers in New York City, but the city could better serve riders by implementing subway and bus service every six minutes and by building an expanded commuter rail network and affordable housing near existing lines, according to a report by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.