Ethan Elkind, ITS Berkeley affiliate and Climate Program Director at Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley comments on Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure at the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/28/us/infrastructure-megaprojects.html
In Baltimore this month, Mr. Biden lamented that U.S. infrastructure was once rated the world’s best and now, “You know what we rank in infrastructure? Thirteenth in the world.”
In some cases, U.S. construction costs are higher than those in Western Europe and democratic nations in Asia, according to an upcoming University of California, Berkeley, analysis, said Ethan Elkind, a law professor and director of the school’s climate program.
“It is a lot harder to build projects here, and we are not as skilled at doing it,” he said.