Remember when I wrote about how important redundancies were to a functioning system?
The stimulus bill included a fuckload of projects that were meant to provide these redundancies: windfarms, railroads, urban public transportation, etc. But now that the Republicans have swept into office, they’re trying to undo this. And here’s the kicker: doing so won’t even save any tax money, since the funds will simply go somewhere else, rather than be returned to taxpayers. Something similar already happened when New Jersey’s governor cancelled the construction of a tunnel connecting NJ to Manhattan (where a fuckton of people from NJ work). On more local levels, many public transportation projects were either voted down or defunded.
So, facing a future transportation crisis as we move closer to feeling the consequences of Peak Oil, the US is doing the exact opposite of what’s necessary: it’s letting its currently existing infrastructure crumble away (in some cases quite literally so), while stopping all alternative infrastructure projects. And if the Bush Administration is a good guide for what a future Republican administration would do, then defunding what little America has in terms of alternative infrastructure is also very much on the table.
It’s almost as if the USA are trying to commit suicide the long way. Are republicans really this delusional, or do they simply not care, as long as the corporate money keeps rolling in?