The answer here is both simple and very complicated (and boring). Long story short we have been, are, and unless we do things drastically different continue to be very bad at infrastructure spending. We spend more per project and usually finish later than any country we would regard as a well developed nation.
There more complicated and boring part is that contributing problems are at every stage of the process from boys to change orders. Red and Blue, rural and urban the problems are nationwide. Best solutions wife be to fire everyone and bring Europeans and Japanese to come in learn and build out similar systems that will result in more on time, on budget projects.
On nuclear power I’ve never understood why Three Mile gets lumped in with Chernobyl or Fukoshima. I mean the fail safes actually worked and stopped a disaster from happening.
We should have been investing in nuclear pretty consistently for the last couple decades. But even now I think bringing 4 power plant projects online, hopefully in areas that need strong permanent jobs the most would be a worthwhile investment.
But I get at this point the ROI on wind is much more quickly realized at this point. What we really need to find away to do is get solar cells first out of the Chinese supply chain then get them on every new roof from San Diego to Savannah. I know it’s easy to write this and it’s much more complicated than that but still I think these things are all worthwhile investments.