Thursday, August 02, 2007
White House to MN: It's your own fault
The first response from the Bush White House to the tragedy in Minnesota:
White House press secretary Tony Snow said the Interstate 35W span rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability. "This doesn't mean there was a risk of failure, but if if an inspection report identifies deficiencies, the state is responsible for taking corrective actions," [White House spokesman Tony Snow] said.Not our problem, dude. Is this a great country. Or what.
My other issue (already raised by other bloggers including Dangerblonde and People Get Ready) was the comparison to other major failures of public engineering. Among those mentioned were the Big Dig failure in Massachusetts and the explosion of an aging gas line in Manhattan.
One other small example of a public engineering failure, one which took over 1,700 lives and did over $100 billion in damage, wasn't mentioned.
Thanks for remembering, America.
Friday Morning Update: Thank you Rod Diridon of Marketplace, the NPR business show.
[Host Kai] Ryssdal: It's worth mentioning that it's not just bridges, as tragic as yesterday's incident was. It's water supplies and tunnels. It's the steam pipe that exploded in New York City a couple of weeks ago.
Diridon: It's the levees that we've recognized as being deficient in New Orleans. ...
Katrina NOLA New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Think New Orleans Louisiana FEMA levees flooding Corps of Engineers We Are Not OK wetlands news rebirth Debrisville Federal Flood 8-29 Rising Tide Remember Minneapolis bridge collapse
I hope they won't still be finding bodies a year from now.
Yes, and it still pisses me off that so many in this country STILL don't know it was the levees, stupid, not the storm.
Infrastructure is a necessity and a right. It also must be maintained.
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