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2012-07-26 Home Front: Culture Wars
Transportation Research Board buys into Climate Change
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Posted by Bobby 2012-07-26 05:52|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [834 views ]  Top

#1 Some years ago a lot of people in the TRB community were hoping to use carbon trading to extract $$$ from taxpayers to fund more infrastructure.

that failed

the next step was to claim that climate change will create problems that need to be fixed by more taxpayer $$$

that failed

the response was this ridiculous cry for attention
Posted by lord garth 2012-07-26 07:59||   2012-07-26 07:59|| Front Page Top

#2 "They may be in states where the simple minded, naive public is skeptical ... but they're seeing the impacts, too," said Burbank.

But here at the TRB, we know best.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-07-26 09:38||   2012-07-26 09:38|| Front Page Top

#3 ScAm became OpEd years ago, perhaps decades.

Wait..weren't the democrats hoping for North Carolina to get demolished by a hurricane so to create jobs? Good thing there are not heat records or drought so we can turn farmland into biodoggles.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-07-26 10:15||   2012-07-26 10:15|| Front Page Top

#4 The sky is falling!
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2012-07-26 11:41||   2012-07-26 11:41|| Front Page Top

#5  Cut off retail sales of petroleum, turn off the lights, go back to drinking muddy water & sleeping in hollow logs, the ultimate goal of the climate changeists.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-07-26 11:58||   2012-07-26 11:58|| Front Page Top

#6 Yeah, after I read a ScAm article on medical trauma response (and how quick response saves lives) that trailed off into a rant about gun control, I dumped the subscription.

That kinda crap I can get for free.
Posted by mojo 2012-07-26 16:12||   2012-07-26 16:12|| Front Page Top

#7 The American Society of Civil Engineers has picked up a similar NYT story and linked it on their daily "SmartBrief" -

Top Story - U.S. infrastructure shows strain from extreme weather

The steel and concrete that comprise roads, highways and rail tracks across the country are showing signs of strain due to extreme heat, as is the power grid. This has highlighted the need to change how infrastructure systems are built to be able to withstand the intense changes in weather patterns. "We’re living in an era of assessment, not yet in an area of adaptation," said David Behar, climate program director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/25)


Intense changes, eh? Hyperbole, perhaps?
Posted by Bobby 2012-07-26 16:31||   2012-07-26 16:31|| Front Page Top

#8 In regards to transportation infrastructure the “adaptation” model sounds reasonable. It’s the “mitigation” model that’s a complete waste of time and money – and a major pain in the ass.
Posted by DepotGuy 2012-07-26 19:18||   2012-07-26 19:18|| Front Page Top

#9 Actually the condition of highways, transit rolling stock and transit fixed rail is better as of the most recent compilations than they were 10 years ago and 10 years ago they were better than 20 years ago.

What is worse is traffic congestion and transit on time performance. In the former the problem is that capacity isn't being added fast enough, in the latter, the problem is difficult to pin down but a lot of people think it is do to problematic management of transit operators.
Posted by lord garth 2012-07-26 19:27||   2012-07-26 19:27|| Front Page Top

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