infrastructure

What It Will Take to Tap Afghanistan's Potential Mineral Riches

Newly-located mineral deposits in Afghanistan could mean new wealth for an impoverished nation that has been crippled by decades of war. But getting those riches out of the ground will require years of development and billions of dollars in investment.

Absence of Smart Grid in Budget Talks Isn't Smart

When announcing his $3.8 trillion budget, Obama didn't mention the "smart grid," long key to his infrastructure spending plans. That's a shame, as improving our utility grid could create jobs as well as make us greener, more efficient and more competitive.