And we need coordinating, continuous effort to accomplish that. Throwing the odd few tens of billions in, every once and awhile, isn't going to cut it. Any more than thinking you can actually continue such effort under the limitations of markets, of various sorts; the very ones that fall apart at the merest hint of bad things happening; whereupon, of course, the already difficult process of justifying such effort becomes an order of magnitude greater, at the very least.
And lest we forget, bad events are going to become increasingly more prevalent.
Then the problem is compounded even more because just fixing what's immediately broken in physical structure around the nation isn't all that we need to be concerned with. Not only is there a broken economic operating system, there is also a broken planet. And for both of these we need to start doing some very serious, new public energy, and public logistics, developments on, because they will be key in helping us not only operate our new economy better, they will pave the way for solutions to help fix the planet as well.
As readers of this blog will note, I have posted many times on discussing both of these avenues of development.
They include a new, hybrid dirigible blimp design that I believe will enable us to do not only very large scale air trains, but also a whole new class of high altitude, lighter than air, large surface area constructs (using a combination of lift doughnuts, supporting carbon mesh, tethering tubes, stacked in place; in combination with the dirigible blimps to act as stabilizers). Exactly the kinds of large surface areas that we should be able to put reflecting sheets on, as well solar collectors; providing both shadow over critical glaciers, as well as power to perhaps pump sea water at the glacier, to further aid them.
And then the Yen Tornado Turbine design, to produce hydrogen as our public utility fuel of choice; a design that I've proposed, that is supported by my new approach to doing sea based support structures, structures which I believe we can make out out of hemp, or maybe even wood itself now that there is a possible new process to make wood as strong as steel. Something that would give the world, in my opinion, a huge incentive to use hemp, or wood, production as a major trade crop; which, if you don't see as a major double whammy of good, you are just not paying attention at all. If for no other reason than we get people even more enthused about planting things that will suck up more carbon; and also help them to prosper themselves as well.
The rapid creation of structures at sea plan also gives us much needed leverage to begin not only floating city habitats, it also gives leverage to building the much better form of "HyperTube" than an expensive means to commute longer distances to work along California's high tech corridor. A hypertube that will allow us to leap ahead of rockets altogether, for the truly industrial scale, low orbit launch capability we're going to need in order to build Gateway City on the moon. A city we will most definitely need if we're to have any chance of getting in infrastructure in place that it will take to be able to start moving larger, and larger, numbers of people off planet (we will also need one of the many new ways to do ion/electric propulsion as well).
And make no mistake. We will need to do that by getting the entire planet involved in the process; hence the need for a full fledged city on the moon. And you only need to think on that for a minute to understand why.
Only be having everyone, in a practical sense, of course, involved will this take place because if only one, or a small group of countries try this, and are seen to be likely to get not only sustained presence in the high orbitals, but also nearly self sustaining production, any and all combinations of those feeling left behind would be put into a terrible position of either dangerously competitive space development (where weapons will be sure to proliferate), or launch pre emptive strikes on the development efforts themselves, even if it does risk outright war. And you only need to think on this in terms of whether we were the ones being caught flat footed, or not, to see how dangerous this could get. And for crying out loud. aren't we already involved in enough dangerously competitive developmental races already?
Just more to think about when you think about need infrastructure projects.
'WE'VE BEEN FORGOTTEN'