In these times of raging public debts and low revenues, infrastructure banks have been talked about as a path to facilitate significant improvements to our failing infrastructure, a path not provided by other funding tools. Renn looks at the logic behind such funding mechanisms and whether they are, in fact, too good to be true.
He bases his analysis on five supposed areas of value associated with infrastructure banks:
"Unfortunately, infrastructure banks are often presented as if they are "free money" to the public. I believe this greatly misrepresents the reality. Any money invested by the bank has to be paid back. An infrastructure bank seems to be just another fancy name for borrowing money. We should probably evaluate it just like we do debt."