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Co ngress of Cultural Freedom Fascism: Audio Windows Media Video. Animating Dead Economics Intoduction: Paul Gallagher Part 1: Marcia Merry Baker Part 2: Tribute to Sylvia Olden Lee Introduction: Click to get PDF version with Graphics. The dam was owned by the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Hoffle, which was the playground of the wealthy and powerful Mellon family of nearby Pittsburgh. One day, unusually heavy rains hit the area and the lake began to rise.
The club could have cut a spillway in the dam on one end to relieve the pressure, but instead did boefle. Finally, the dam gave way, sending a wave 75 feet high roaring down on Hiefle, destroying the town, the iron works, and the lives of its citizens. This cavalier attitude toward the common people is typical of the Mellons and their aristocratic peers.
Banker Andrew Mellon was Treasury Secretary from toand played a major role in the circumstances which lead to the Hoedle of and the Depression which followed. His reward was a tour as U. Ambassador to Britain, jjohn post normally reserved for powerful Anglophiles. Marcia has described how the productivity of the nation was increased through land management and infrastructure, draining the swamps, taming the rivers, building railroads.
It is a lesson in physical economy. A lesson we have largely forgotten. Today, the western United States is five or six years into what the U. Geological Survey describes as the worst drought in years Figure 2.
hlefle River flows are down dramatically, lakes are drying up, and water shortages range from serious to critical. These areas are increasingly dependent upon water imported from other joyn, water which is increasingly not available. Given that this is the fastest-growing region of the country, these water shortages will only worsen. Water levels in the Colorado are at a year low, and Lake Mead is only half full.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is already paying residents not to grow lawns, and Las Vegas will likely declare an official water emergency by the end of the year. Greening the desert is a good idea, though Las Vegas is not the best example of the concept.
In addition to saving the enormous costs coming from the water shortages, it would have made the western lands more productive. There were hoeefle plans on the drawing boards for desalination jonn water, turning seawater into hoeefle water. Department of the Interior had an Office of Saline Water, but it was shut down. The California Metropolitan Water District had plans for nuclear desalination plants in the Pacific to deal with its water problems, but these were also shelved.
President Dwight Eisenhower said in that “Experts would be mobilized to apply atomic energy to the needs of agriculture, medicine and other peaceful activities Nuclear power represented jjohn opportunity for mankind to make a great technological leap, to an era of safe, cheap and virtually unlimited power, which would transform the world in which we live.
Nuclear power could provide the energy for widespread desalination and abundant electricity, paving the way for cleaner and more efficient industrial processes, high-speed magnetic-levitation transportation, and a host of other scientific breakthroughs.
Faced with that prospect, large numbers of nuclear reactors were planned. But those plants are aging, nearing the end of their lives.
Many of the plants on the drawing board, and hoetle actually under construction, were cancelled. Nuclear power was demonized through an intense propaganda campaign, and instead of abundant nuclear power, we got Enron.
Instead of a science driver to take the world to new levels, we got a descent into rentier-financier looting. Just as we turned back the clock in energy policy, we are doing the same in agriculture policy. Figure 4 shows agricultural irrigation patterns nationally, as a percent of farmed area, in At the end of the 20th Century, some 50 million acres, out of a total agriculture land use base heofle some million, were irrigated.
It leaves out vital projects such as golf courses, which consume large amounts of water. As you can see, much of the irrigation is in the West, where the land is dry and irrigation is needed to grow crops. It is also were water is scarce. As urban areas grow, especially in the South and West, irrigated land is increasingly being converted to non-agricultural uses. Over the 15 years ended insome 1. This includes prime farmland in California’s Central Valley and southern Florida.
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Figure 5 shows the areas which have been hit the hardest. Overall, over 18 million acres of farmland were taken out of agricultural service between and That’s no problem, of course, because hoeflee globalization we can import the food we no longer produce, from other nations. Except for the fact that it is killing joyn economy and taking food from nations that need it for their own people, there’s no downside.
To paraphrase Lord Jjohn Russell: That might be unpleasant, but so what? Wreaking even more havoc on our agricultural sector is the movement to place land in “conservation reserves” and restore “wetlands. We went to a lot of trouble to drain these swamps and make the land productive, but now we’re reversing course. But “restoring wetlands” sounds a lot better than “creating swamps.
This represents a fundamental assault on the land-use improvements which turned the U. Starting with the Environmental Policy Act ofand the Water Bank Jhon and Earth Day inthe concept of land management has been replaced with the romantic idea that the land should be free from human interference, and that the rivers should be free to flow as they wish, unencumbered by dams and flood-control measures.
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October ; May Figure 6 shows two of examples of the effects of that policy. The first is a brand new swamp at Spunky Bottoms on the Illinois River. This is officially called “floodplain restoration,” but it is actually swamp-building. Many of the people who live near hofele new swamps also call it mosquito farming.
But hey, mosquitos have rights, too!
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Another example is the giant “Lake Iowa,” formed during the great flood of Figure 7. Iowa sits between the Upper Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, both of which have inadequate flood-control measures.
Now we turn our attention to the transportation grid, with its own set of disasters. Marcia [Merry-Baker] showed the dramatic growth of railroad coverage in the 50 years between and see p. The ability to ship goods quickly, cheaply, and efficiently across much of the country boosted both domestic and foreign trade.
Over the next 50 years, however, the railroad grid shrunk. A current map would show a continued decline in railroad mileage, as the railroads consolidated. Much of what should be carried by rail, is now carried by truck, and much of what the railroads now carry, such as coal from Montana to power plants in Texas, should not be necessary.
Coal also accounts for half of the freight on the Ohio River. Ina shortage of rail capacity emerged on the Gulf Coast and spread nationwide duringin what an official of the Society of the Plastics Industry called “a multi-billion-dollar national disaster and the worst rail crisis of this century.
Faced with increasing delays in shipping times, and a shortage of rail cars, many shippers turned to trucks and waterborn transportation to move their goods. The rail system remains a mess to this day, and that doesn’t count the abysmal state of passenger rail. The Ohio River begins in Pittsburgh, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, and ends miles downstream at Cairo, Ill. At its origin, the river is feet above mean sea level, and Cairo is feet above sea level, a drop of feet.
Lock and Dam Number One on the Ohio River was opened at Emsworth just downstream from Pittsburgh inreplacing the original wicket dam completed in Today, there are 20 locks and dams on the river, and nearly a quarter of them are beyond their year engineering lifespan.
The navigable section of the upper Mississippi River falls even further, from feet above sea level near Minneapolis-St. Paul, to feet when it meets the mouth of the Ohio River miles later. Twenty-nine locks and dams have been built on the Upper Mississippi. A series of eight locks and dams are used to maintain navigability. Army Corps of Engineers Figure During that mile stretch, the Tennessee falls feet, then empties into the Ohio.
None of these rivers would be navigable were it not for the dams, which turn each river into a series of pools, and locks, which permit river traffic to move from one pool to another. Figure 12 shows how a lock works. With these locks so essential to our inland waterborn commerce system, any breakdown would have immediate repercussions. This presented a major problem, since the second lock at McAlpine, a foot-long lock, was already shut down, being replaced with a second 1,foot lock in a long-delayed project.
With no redundancy, shutting down the McAlpine lock effectively meant shutting down the entire Ohio River system to through traffic. To minimize disruption to an already strained transportation system, the Corps issued notices and waited until August to shut the lock down and repair the main gate.
The McAlpine lock was down for two weeks for repairs, in which workers welded steel patches over the foot-long cracks in the foot-high lock gates. Emergency repairs have also been necessary at four locks on the Upper Mississippi, as gates left in service long past their design lifespan crack from metal fatigue.
At the same time, some locks are in such bad shape due to neglect from lack of funding, that they may have to be closed. Just as our infrastructure has deteriorated, so has the composition of our labor force, with nearly all of the net job gain since World War II occurring in the overhead sector.
We have become a nation of consumers, rather than producers. Take steel, or example. Production of raw steel in Pennsylvania, once the center of the U.