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  •  That's the ASCE (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    They're the equivalent of the American Petroleum Institute, their job is promoting their industry, in this case, civil engineering.

    Quite a bit of the "shortfalls" involve infrastructure that will be built by private companies, or by state and local governments.

    Some of it is just wishful thinking, like much of the transit, levee and bridge funding.  Much of that is unlikely to be replaced if it fails, a fair amount of it won't be built if growth forecasts aren't met.

    •  doesn't make it nonsense (1+ / 0-)
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      alizard

      We need to have a discussion about what infrastructure we want to see and how to get there.

      Rural Electrification was a decades long government program.  Should we go back to a time when farmers had no electricity?

      The USA is well out of the lead in high speed networking.  Should we make it a priority to put Gigabit capable links to every home?  What kinds of infrastructure truly encourage life-changing innovation?

      If ASCE doesn't get us there, find something that does.

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      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 12:36:20 PM PDT

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    •  do you have (0+ / 0-)

      more accurate numbers than the ASCE on this subject?

      And no, think tanks funded by Koch Industries are not an acceptable alternative source for civil infrastructure need estimates.

      I don't have a better source than an civil engineering society for these numbers and neither do you.

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      by alizard on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 02:26:39 PM PDT

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