Our nation’s infrastructure is over fifty years old. It’s breaking down.
Hold onto your hat and fasten that seat belt. A massive $3.6 trillion is needed in the next three years to upgrade our roads, bridges, etc. Here’s how the ASCE report card sent to Congress three years ago read:
Roads and bridges: C plus — Mass transit D — Aviation D — Wastewater D
Solid Waste B minus — Energy D plus — National Parks C minus — Rail C plus
Levees D — Ports C
Notice that the one which received the highest score is Solid Waste. Perhaps that is because our population has made an active effort to help in that area. But, those of us who live in the U.S. see, but rarely notice, until the infrastructure mentioned we are using breaks down. For example, hazardous waste, money at the Hanford cleanup site in my state of Washington has gone mostly for STUDY not cleanup. For road improvement, just try driving through the Seattle traffic with its grid-lock.
Aviation has just been in the news with the first terrorist attack at Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
Who’s been following up on these dire reports of the ASCE?
There are more than 36 billion dollars up for federal energy projects just waiting for approval and better regulations. The Wall Street Journal recently reported over a dozen energy projects have been nixed in the last five years, halted by regulators or pulled by their developers.
Our nation needs repairs. Those of us who watch Congress are aware and are expecting a fight to surface again for such a proposal as the Trans-Canada Keystone XL Pipeline, blocked by the Obama administration, and, in Canada, by people there who are up in arms.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau says his country needs to get their oil to the port in Houston, TX, for export. He backs a pipeline which would expand Canada’s export capacity. And, so is Trump.
The U.S. needs strong cheerleaders to untangle the many problems we now face as a nation.
We’re vital, diverse, capable people. Our history shows that as a democracy we do argue and fight a lot as we work through our problems. That’s why we need seatbelts, isn’t it?
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