[Quote] I fully understand the reasons of most nonbelievers of the "global warming is an urgent problem" doctrine for doing so and it seems sometimes like the only way we ever know for sure is when has happened. [/Quote]
npts; You would need to explain, just what it is YOU think, will happen. As I've said during previous and pending 'Ice Age' of the 60-80's, estimates ranged from 1990 to 2100, then when changed to 'Warming', Albert Gore suggested 2010 (pass the point of no return or fixing), while others are all over the board. While your at it. let me know what could happen and if it's something that has never happened before. "nonbelievers"; We are still talking Climate Change, right?
[Quote] nearly the whole national road system is in need of repairs or expansion (not to mention 40,000 deaths, millions of injuries and hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage on them).[/Quote]
I don't travel that much any longer, but the Interstate System, the only road system the 'Highway Appropriation Bill' requires States to add funds and spent, then often ignored by the States, are in pretty good shape. In your area, the Penn Turn Pike, along with the NJ Turnpike and each joining Int. Highway have been under continuous upgrading.
As for 40k deaths, injuries and property damage: Road deaths per million miles, are well down from 1995 and 1950 where they peaked, per miles driven. http://www.opinionjo...ml?id=110008621
[Quote] tens of millions of unemployed people who could be employed doing modernizing work, [/Quote]
We have been in economical downturns, this country a number of times. I'll leave 'why for's' for another thread, but in short people are just not going to flock to construction jobs, from some office job. Here, we just went through a major 2 year road construction program and I'd guess 75% of the labor force were illegal aliens or had been been road construction to begin with, begged for help, while unemployment went from 1.8 to 8.5%.
[Quote] our electric production and distribution systems are little better than they were when Thomas Edison first fired up his power plant on Pearl street in 1882, [/Quote]
Appears you are in Philly; I really don't think you mean this. We have come a long way and in a reasonable short period of time. This too, would make a good thread, but environmental groups have long slowed and stopped production of power plants (especially Nuclear Power) in places where it was most needed. I've already stated my opinions on the power grid.
[Quote] we need to manage water better [Quote]
Two major stories in 2009, were the water shortage in North Georgia and water for a good share of California's agriculture. Both involved 'Environmental Extremist' groups and some fish. One had to keep draining there reserves for a down stream fish, the other couldn't drain a supply to save another fish.
On the dollar; International rankings are based in part on stability, which in part is based on GDP v National Debt and inflation. We will probably lose our ranking, probably 2010 and possibly the Commodity Trading Markets, will go with the Euro. I rather doubt it, at least before the 2010 US Elections. This said and short of inflationary problems caused from internal monetary policy, the average person would never feel anything. You would still pay for gas in dollars and our trade deficits would show in dollars, no less than goes on daily in every Country using the Euro today....
[Quote] I am curious as to what kind of numbers you think it would be worth spending on any or all of the above, most of which would be addressed by a massive changeover of infrastructure, some now in private hands?[/Quote]
According to all predictions, anything spent on anything by the Federal Government, thats not already budgeted, will be borrowed money up to and including 2019, where 1.1T$ is already expected to be deficit. If you have kids, they are going to be responsible for any action taken AT ALL.
As explained before; All change in the US, HAS been primarily from the private sector and the acceptance of the general public. If a car is produced, allowing some degree of safety (no cracker boxes), fits the average person needs (kids/family/jobs requirement), allowing the same or better distances with convenience (gas station today) and at the same or preferable less cost, that vehicle would be sold out for 30-40 years or as fast as retooling of factories could happen. There is no amount of money, that could speed this process up, mandates from government or regulation that could possibly work, IMO. You and I have just again bailed out GMAC, which is GM and I think now well over 60B$ in total and far more than the entire company has ever been worth. On any subject you wish to discuss, there is always the probability, the eventual source, be it cars, trucks, solar panels or wind mill parts, these products can and will continue to be available world wide, no less than oil is today, cheaper with the same quality.
npts; Most folks past a certain age going to be firmly set with their opinions, to whatever degree their personal interest in the issue, may be. I suppose you could blame this on personal experiences over many years and where success and/or failure has come from. Many Union affiliated folks, have your opinions and many that were involved in politics starting around JFK's time. No, we're not going to change each others minds, neither is expecting or trying to do that, but there are many younger folks that are questioning all that's currently going on, deciding where they might fit into the big picture, over the next 50 years or so. On GW, I was there 50+ years ago plus and my mind set as every few years, one after another empirical theory was reversed. I would hope, each of these people, who will be left with results of todays generation (no longer mine) will keep an open mind, question authority and above all practice the policies they believe in most.