Infrastructure

The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’: Congressman Blumenauer Touts Historic Significance & the Triumph of Partnership & Rationality

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Earl Blumenauer

In a surprise move before Congress’ August recess, US Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Energy Committee Chair Manchin announced a deal on budget reconciliation—the Inflation Reduction Act.

VX2022 H2 Supertrack: Hydrogen in Transportation

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With the industry expected to reach a value of over $72 billion by 2030, compared to just $1 billion in 2021, green hydrogen, and specifically its role in powering zero emission fuel cell vehicles is a potential gamechanger in the fight against climate change. As part of the H2 Super Track at VerdeXchange VX2022, American Honda Motor Co.

Senator Bob Hertzberg Demystifies California’s Landmark $308 Billion 2022/23 Budget

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In the days after Governor Newsom signed California’s $308 billion budget—which includes record spending across sectors bolstered by a nearly $100 billion surplus—TPR/VXNews interviewed California Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Robert Hertzberg on the highlights of the 2022-23 state budget package. The Senator elaborates on the one-time infrastructure investments embedded throughout the budget for climate resilience—including grid reliability, EV charging, wildfire, water recycling, and more.

Joshua Schank on Transport Innovation & Learning from Failure

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Per Joshua Schank, Metro’s former Chief Innovation Officer, more than capital is needed. Schank, in this interview, notes that in addition to capital investment, the LA County agency needs to continue to seek creative solutions to solve the region’s mobility problems. Schank explains that not being afraid of failure and tapping more into the potential of public-private partnership are two ways Metro can move forward successfully, especially with appropriated funding from the State and Federal governments expected and on the way.

VX News Exit Interview with POLA’s General Counsel & LA City Attorney Janna Sidley

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Janna Sidley

VX News shares this exit interview with Janna Sidley, who since 2013 has served as POLA's General Counsel and is retiring after a 2.5-decade career in the LA City & US Attorneys' offices, in which she reflects on her accomplishments and tenure representing the nation's 2nd largest port.

Governor Newsom's Proposed 2022-23 State Budget

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On Monday, January 10 Governor Newsom announced his $286 billion budget request for 2022-23. TPR excerpts the Governor’s Proposed Budget Summary, highlighting requested state spending for economic and workforce development, transportation, energy, water, climate, housing, and homelessness.

SoCal Gas President Maryam Brown on the Role for Clean Fuels In California’s Energy Future

Maryam Brown

As the world’s largest direct air capture plant kicked off operations this September in Iceland, Southern California Gas Company recently announced plans to develop and test new direct air capture technology that both captures C02 and collects water for irrigation.

POLA’s Gene Seroka on Need for Federal Infrastructure Investment

Port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka highlights opportunities to accelerate the Port’s plans for zero-emissions operations and reminds readers that with 40 percent of the nation’s exports coming through the Ports of LA & Long Beach, the impacts of capital investment at the Ports are magnified well beyond LA city limits.