Infrastructure: Key to Rebuilding the Global Economy

What’s this headline got to do with DIY home improvement? Lots.

Rust on longfellow bridge boston - CC BY-SA 3.0 - by WingWallowing along the dismal global economic path we’re on for another decade isn’t going to help any of us fix up our houses, pay off our mortgages or sock away enough cash in hope that it will sustain us in our semi-retirement. The experts claim it’s due to a lack of “confidence” in the global economy.

I can’t argue with that – our home reno plans are collecting dust for the foreseeable future.

But what do I know, right?

I’m just a guy “livin’ the dream” – working into the wee hours every day with my partner from our rural Canadian home as self-employed freelancers, hoping to make enough in the good times to carry us through the lean ones.

I spend a lot of my spare time following economics, climate issues, and the political dog and pony shows around the world. Why? Because in the big scheme of things, these all affect our ability to earn a living, the value of our home and financial investments, not to mention the severity of the local weather when we’re seventy.

And we’re the fortunate ones.

For all-too-many people in the US and around the world, the situation is dire. Somebody’s gotta actually do something about it – and soon.

Electric Car parking sign in ReyjavikI invite you read my guest post – “Infrastructure Renewal and the Recession” – at

I state my case for why the US needs to initiate a large-scale infrastructure investment program now – to mitigate the effects of a changing climate, to put millions of people back to work in good jobs, and to spark sustainable global economic growth for future generations.



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