Autonomous Vehicles: Does federal preemption shut down the laboratories of democracy?

Congress is currently considering the AV START bill, which would be the first federal law to regulate automated vehicles (AVs). By most accounts, the bill has largely been crafted by industry leaders and looks to streamline and accelerate the introduction of AVs to American roads. There are many potential benefits to AV technology, but the bill includes an insidious clause that is sure to make everything worse: it preempts states and cities from providing any oversight, public information, or policy direction when AVs hit their streets.

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Cascadia World Cup

There are two sure ways to build new infrastructure: war and sports. Infrastructure is often looked at as an engineering or financing challenge, and it is both. More importantly, infrastructure is an exercise in mobilizing for a shared purpose. Building large shared facilities requires broad agreement on what the future will look like, and why it will pay off to upgrade the current system. After all, this generally involves significant amounts of public debt and subsidies that will paid off over generations.

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New C40 program to measure green growth

MSH founder, Noah Siegel, has worked closely for several years with C40 Cities, a network of the world’s leading cities leading cities looking to address climate change.

One initiative we are particularly excited about is an effort to create standard measures for green growth. Just like we look to GDP, housing starts, and the DOW for indications of the broader economy, we need a clear set of measures for transitioning to a post-carbon economy.

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