Jasper Ocean Terminal, Senator Tom Davis, South Carolina discussed on The Christian Science Monitor Daily


Happiness. Now, to today's story. Our first story our writer carves off a key piece of the sprawling story of U.S. infrastructure. Will the president's signature Bill spur the regional compromise and cooperation needed to finally advance big project? 15 years ago, South Carolina state senator Tom Davis had an epiphany. He realized that a massive pile of river dredge in a crook of the Savannah river could become cornerstone of the state's economy. A $5 billion project called the Jasper ocean terminal was born. And then it stalled mired in bureaucracy and regional competition. Now, with kinks in the supply chain that have shipping containers stacked like Legos at U.S. ports, the Jasper ocean terminal may move forward. If neighbors, Georgia and South Carolina can cooperate. On Monday, president Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure Bill, designed to unlock supply chain capacity and bring jobs to places like Jasper county, one of South Carolina's poorest. It is a promise of short and long-term investments experts say. Hewn and steel and wielding rods, bulldozers, and routers. But mister Biden's ambitious outlook also tugs at deeper American questions, including the country's capacity to think dream and do big. It won't be easy in today's toxic political climate. Well, there are federal dollars can help break planning log jams. Infrastructure experts say will be a longer term test of a new direction for American priorities. Why do we need infrastructure? Is a fundamental question we should be asking, says Manish shigeru car of the university of Colorado Denver. This story was reported by Patrick Johnson in garden city, Georgia, and harville, South Carolina for the monitor. The results of cop 26 were underwhelming, reflecting the difficulties.

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