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Discovery Channel: Discovery News (January 17 2008)

In the rush to shore up or rebuild aging highway bridges, dams and other crumbling U.S. infrastructure, one question has been overlooked: Which infrastructures are we better off without?

A team of engineers and ecologists contend the United States is at a critical point in its history, when the smartest strategy for dealing with certain old, nearly useless dams, levees, roads, bridges, offshore oil platforms and other structures is to remove them.

"Rehabilitation might not be rehabilitation, but removal," said Martin Doyle, an environmental geographer and river specialist at the University of North Carolina. Doyle is the lead author of a paper on the challenges and opportunities posed by today's infrastructure crisis published in the Jan. 18 issue of Science. "I'm not talking about blowing up Hoover Dam," he added.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 05:33:15 AM EST
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