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Robert Carpenter, Editor

This December brings one of the most disconcerting periods we’ve ever faced as an industry. There are so many factors impacting the underground infrastructure market that it is hard to grasp all the implications, let alone find solid direction for which to set course in 2010.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

A Senate climate change bill passed in early November by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will probably be pushed aside by a version more acceptable to Republicans and moderate Democrats.

During the 2008 national elections, there was much rhetoric about leadership. Unfortunately, in regards to the energy industry, that leadership has failed miserably with no indication of sanity any time soon.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Most major American cities today face multiple challenges to provide basic water and sanitary services.

Pipeline and other construction industries are pressing the federal government to make it easier for projects to pass muster with the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made available comprehensive reports and data on water enforcement in all 50 states.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

I read recently that a bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing to raise about $10 billion a year for the rehabilitation of sewer and water systems. The funding sources?

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The Senate Appropriations Committee is likely to approve a $3.6 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds in fiscal 2010, which begins Oct. 1.

Domenic Ruccolo of John Deere recently testified before the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on the benefits of efficient construction equipment.

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