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Old 06-22-2017, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Coming to a London pub near you.
Scousers.

Perhaps that line needs a radical re-think, then again scousers usually use the National Express.
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:44 PM
 
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Overall Assessment: Not one of these projects is in the U.S. We're batting 0 for 19. Losing the infrastructure race is one of the biggest reasons America is losing the 21st century in spite of its abundant domestic talent, innovative domestic companies and virtually unparalleled natural resources. I believe the only reason we are losing our competitive edge is we have a dysfunctional political system, where very few major initiatives ever come to fruition because the system encourages gridlock. Forgive me for touching politics but democracy(or modified democracy in our case) is genuinely overrated. Forward-thinking initiatives like the ones above are infinitely more likely to face obstruction in systems where virtually everyone is given a say about virtually everything.

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I would say low taxes, no massive investments from the state
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Well, when you want to throw 30 billions in the air for a modern fast train, taxes are important yes.

The infrasctructure in USA is only car based and far away from the chinese pretentions because a road requires relatively low investments from the state compare to a 4000 km fast train line.
In my opinion having substandard public transit and substandard infrastructure overall in exchange for relatively low taxes is not an acceptable trade-off -- especially when considering how those low taxes usually come back to bite citizens in the bum indirectly.

Poor infrastructure can discourage businesses from investing in an area, which can result in fewer employment opportunities for citizens over the long term. Also a lack of attractive and effective transit options essentially forces private vehicle ownership on many people, with the vehicle costs being higher than what the per-person tax increases would have been for a decent local rail system.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:26 PM
 
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The proposed Nicaragua Canal was discussed in the book Connections. The idea was that goods would be shipped from east Asia to the eastern United States.

However.....

I don't believe that the proposal was conceived with a U.S. tariff barrier in consideration.
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Old Today, 01:36 AM
Status: "My New Moto: Have the Will to Drive to Drive your Will" (set 14 days ago)
 
Location: East Coast Native in So Calif.
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Bump on the thread.

I believe this was heavily contested by the Nicaraguan ppl because of the potential damage it could do to Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America. I haven't researched it for awhile but it does have massive costs.

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Overall Assessment: Not one of these projects is in the U.S. We're batting 0 for 19. Losing the infrastructure race is one of the biggest reasons America is losing the 21st century in spite of its abundant domestic talent, innovative domestic companies and virtually unparalleled natural resources. I believe the only reason we are losing our competitive edge is we have a dysfunctional political system, where very few major initiatives ever come to fruition because the system encourages gridlock. Forgive me for touching politics but democracy(or modified democracy in our case) is genuinely overrated. Forward-thinking initiatives like the ones above are infinitely more likely to face obstruction in systems where virtually everyone is given a say about virtually everything.

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The last major time that US made a heavy push on infrastructure was during the 2007/8 economic downturn/recession. There were several projects that were pushed but not many made it. If the current presidency is unable to do anything then that would really spell long term trouble for America especially if another recession hits in the 5-10 years.
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Old Today, 07:14 AM
 
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05. In 2026, an Iraqi skyscraper known as "The Bride" will feature a "veil" of solar panels and produce as much energy as it consumes. It'll be 3,779 feet tall and contain parks, offices, restaurants, and a rail system.

http://static5.businessinsider.com/i...ail-system.jpg



Interesting...didn't think Iraq had anything like this going on with the current security situation in the country
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Old Today, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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A couple of environmental ones from the UK -

Government to go full tilt for offshore wind power - Telegraph

The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon backed by government review - The Guardian

World's First Floating Windfarm - Peterhead in Aberdeenshire

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland - BBC News

The world's largest floating solar farm powered up on a lake just outside London. It contains 23,000 panels, which will power a water treatment plant that provides clean drinking water to 10 million people across England.

World's biggest floating solar farm powers up outside London - Guardian

The London Array is the largest offshore wind farm in the world by energy output. Its 175 turbines are capable of producing 630 megawatts of power, which could power more than 300,000 homes. It is currently mid-construction, with an estimated $2.3 billion already invested.

London Array

How the London Array blows away the competition in green energy - Guardian
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Old Today, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Some UK and European Scientific Collaboration Projects.

Our Science Facilities - UK Science and Technology Facilities Council

ITER - the way to new energy

CERN | Accelerating science

The European Spallation Source | ESS

ESA Science & Technology: PLATO

ESO, the European Southern Observatory | ESO United Kingdom

European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)

European Solar Telescope (EST)

World's largest radio telescope to have UK's Jodrell Bank as HQ - Guardian

Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

U.K. to Shower Money on Three Big Science Projects | Science | AAAS

The super-laboratories bringing the UK to the forefront of life sciences - Telegraph
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Old Today, 02:57 PM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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In terms of the UK I will add Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2 - Supporting Growth in the South East

The Trans Pennine Tunnel

Routes unveiled for Sheffield-Manchester road tunnel plan - BBC News

High Speed Rail 2 (HS2)

What do we know about HS2? - BBC News

The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon backed by government review - The Guardian

Whilst major projects such as Nine Elms in London, Salford Regeneration, Canary Wharf & Greenwich Penninsula, Liverpool Waters etc etc continue to change the landscale of British cities.

Liverpool Waters — Peel Land & Property



I just want to take this opportunity to say that all the work you do for our city is phenomenal. It doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated, so thank you for doing your compilations. Don't want you think think this is a thankless job, I can only speak for myself but I really appreciate the hard work and compilations that you do for London.

Great stuff.
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