Newsflash to Texas: Michigan, Wisconsin and even Norway have both cold weather and use “clean energy”!
While starting with a little tongue-in-cheek needling, I’m writing to sound the alarm. The Texas catastrophe is a forewarning of what’s coming to all of America. While each state and locale will have a different mess to deal with, decades-long neglect and can-kicking has left our country vulnerable to some huge problems.
Many cities have antiquated power, water and sewage systems primed to collapse. Highways and byways are dotted with bridges on the verge of disintegration. Dams and levies could give way with the next big storm. Hackers could stop all of America dead.
Government at local, state and federal levels have been avoiding the inevitable for decades and we’re seeing the composite results across the country. Texas, as an example, could’ve taken steps over the past 10 years to avoid the current disaster. Instead, profit, low utility rates and taxes were prioritized — the cost of that ignorance is all too apparent. Multiply the Texas event by 50 states and thousands of municipalities across those states and you get a measure of the cost of procrastination. It’s a cost in dollars, suffering and lives lost.
President Biden is proposing a bold infrastructure plan. Unlike the previous administration’s smoke and mirrors, this plan is specific and realistic. It’ll be expensive to be sure, but like the saying goes, “pay me now or pay me later.” Those later costs tend to be heavier and more deadly.
I’m hoping voters and legislators on both sides finally begin to come together to solve our unavoidable problems.