15 November 2019

Fix the dam infrastructure!

Thousands of people in the U.S. may be at risk from dams that are rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition. An AP analysis found 1,688 dams in these conditions are high hazard, meaning their failure can cause human death.
An Associated Press interactive graphic shows the location of dangerous dams in the United States.  My part of the country doesn't have many, but my old stomping grounds back in Kentucky and Indiana are just riddled with them.


Note the graphic is interactive, so not only can you zoom to your area, but you can hover the mouse for the information shown in the top image.

I am so very, very tired of this bullshit.  American politicians have been kicking the can down the road for way too many election cycles.  Someone has to raise taxes and fix these things.  Maybe it will require electing a Socialist to get these problems corrected.

10 comments:

  1. I can't get the graphic to interactive for me. :(

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    1. OMG - I left out the source link. Fixed, with a separate link directly to the graphic. Tx for the heads-up.

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    2. Yay! Thanks you!

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  2. My neck of the woods, South Carolina, isn't a wealthy state. Lexington County, where I live, is better off than most, but the majority of the county is rural, filled with small towns that run towards the lower-income residents. We were doing okay, with plans for new facilities such as a ball park and updates like a library expansion. Then the floods of October 2015 came - 20-24 inches of rain in just as many hours. The Midlands and Low Country suffered devastating losses in homes and infrastructure, flooding of precious farmlands. Other counties had worse damages. Parts of my county are still dealing with the damages. Even with some federal money and shelving local projects, the county is still short many millions for all repairs. Being involved with the county as an HOA officer, I learned all kinds of realities in dealing with government entities, whether federal, state or county, most of it a depressing education in money mismanagement. And then there's the public's demand for unrealistic expectations of how the money should be spent. I will say my county went above and beyond in the first couple of weeks after the flooding - rescue efforts were the superb experience of our first responders, hiring out-of-state debris removal services (definitely not cheap), finding and funding temp housing for those with damaged homes and the like, buying out heavily damaged homes to tear them down and replace with green spaces. Believe it or not neighbors and churches jumped in with assistance much,much earlier than the government. There's simply not a good solution that satisfies everyone in times of true hardships.

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  3. Somebody pointed out that dams cause more nuclear damage and deaths than nuclear ever has.

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  4. I think it's time for me to reread Jared Diamond's book, Collapse. The number of problems, such as the one you describe here, are increasing exponentially. This may sound like a far-fetched comparison/connection, but my experiences in addressing homelessness in California lead me to the conclusion that we are a society in decline. It seems that we are generating systemic failure at a faster rate than success. In this failure, I include what may appear as success, such as a booming consumer economy, which is in fact a horrible, energy sucking failure, for obvious environmental reasons. Our priorities are upside-down. I certainly wouldn't argue that the US is unique in this respect. Not at all.

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  5. Maybe it will require electing a Socialist to get these problems corrected.

    What it will require to fix this is for voters to say: "Fuck Yes, I'll pay more taxes to get this stuff done."

    Yes, I'm willing to pay more taxes to not be stuck with toll roads.
    Yes, I'm willing to pay more taxes for better education for kids in the poor part of the state.
    Yes, I'm willing to pay more taxes to tackle environmental change.

    As long as voters believe that things can get done for free, or with the tax money of others, nothing will get better. In other words: You need to start electing politicians that will increase (your) taxes.

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    1. Might be useful to study that post on MMT from a few weeks back...

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  6. The Damn Dam Data isn't available for my state.

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