Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Risk: Quakes and Bees Should Trump Third Bridge

Just two reminders in the paper today that we have much bigger problems than a shiny new bridge and highway...

On the quake:
A task force is recommending Oregon spend at least $100 million each year for decades preparing for a possible earthquake and tsunami similar to the one that struck Japan in 2011.[italics added]
And of course bees are foundational to our own food supply and to whole ecosystems.

A half-billion on a shiny new bridge and highway could be much better spent on other, much more urgent risk-abatement and "insurance" against loss.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So true! As a Salemite of nearly 8 years, I've always found it astonishing to watch public officials ignore these horrendous risks in favor of silly pie-in-the-sky boondoggle projects.