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Need to Know: January 18, 2013: Ending paralysis: New Jersey and Germany

On the first of two inauguration specials examining the advocacy group “Common Good’s” proposals to end bureaucratic gridlock and get the United States moving forward, “Need to Know” anchor Jeff Greenfield explores why it now takes nearly four times as long to complete infrastructure projects in the United States than it did in the 1970s. By comparison, correspondent Rick Karr reports on how German political parties of every stripe are now backing a plan that is expected to nearly end that country’s use of fossil fuels by 2050.

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Support for this program is made possible by: Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, The William and Mary Greve Foundation, and O’Shaughnessy Family Partners LLC.

What’s on this week:

The battle in Bayonne

The Bayonne Bridge needs to be raised to accommodate the new size of ships. Need to Know looks into why the project has become a debate over government paralysis and environmental quality.

Germany’s green revolution

What would it take to transform the whole country’s electric grid–to shut down all of its old power plants, and move to a system that generates electricity exclusively from renewable resources? Well, that’s exactly what Germany’s trying to do–not decades from now….but now.

Robert Moses: New York’s own radical rehab specialist

In his reign as ‘Master Builder,’ Robert Moses “built 13 bridges, 416 miles of parkways, 658 playgrounds, and 150,000 housing units, spending $150 billion in today’s dollars.” He also became a symbol of blatant disregard of community input.

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