Brigham A. McCown is Chairman and CEO of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure, (Aii) a non-profit dedicated to the safety and modernization of infrastructure. He also serves as president and CEO of Nouveau, Inc. and managing shareholder of McCown, P.C., where he aids as a thought leader and attorney adviser in matters of energy, transportation, homeland security, and the environment. Until 2007, McCown was the nation’s chief energy transportation safety regulator as administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. He also previously served as chief counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He is a retired naval officer and naval aviator and a member of numerous non-profit boards, including the National Infrastructure Safety Foundation and the Public Institute for Facility Safety. He currently divides his time between Washington, DC and San Francisco, California.

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U.S. Finally Flexing Energy Muscle on Global Stage

Two weeks ago, an oil tanker carrying a shipment of crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale left the Port of Corpus Christi for Italy. Not long after, the first crude movement from the Houston Ship Channel departed for Switzerland late last week. These moves are historic for the U.S., as it comes less t ...

Commentary: Can the U.S. Help Integrate European Energy Markets?

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Commentary: American crude oil exports are a game changer

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Commentary: DOE Report Reveals Cracks in U.S. Energy Infrastructure

In early October, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a report examining different weaknesses in the nation’s current energy infrastructure system. The report focused specifically on energy sectors in relation to global climate change, and highlighted severe vulnerabilities for existing energy ...

Commentary: New technologies push clean energy boundaries

Innovative systems of collecting energy from the environment are pushing the boundaries of the current renewable energy landscape, fueling the growth of the market and overall acceptance of green energy as a form of energy production. From pocket-sized wind turbines to solar-paneled bike paths, the ...

Texas Flooding Reveals Deficient Infrastructure

Over 37.3 trillion gallons of water fell in Texas this past spring after heavy precipitation resulted in substantial flooding. While years of drought were literally washed away, the state experienced significant consequences of the flooding, including 21 deaths according to a report by NPR. The rece ...

Rebuilding the Nation’s Aging Energy Network

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REST Act Aims to Streamline Transportation

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A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal a ...

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