Tuesday, October 14, 2008
30% of US bridges are unsafe
Infrastructure is a real problem in the US. Not only are bridges and roads crumbling, but so are power grids - most of the wind farms being built today have no way to transmit all the power they will generate. Drinking water and irrigation systems are atrophying, public hospitals being closed down, and airports are unable to handle the demands on them. Schools are in poor physical shape, railroads inadequate, and telecommunications systems behind the need. Yet, the country is so fixated on keeping taxes low that the investment falls behind what is required. Not only is the country not building new infrastructure, but it is allowing existing infrastructure to deteriorate.