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What Could Go Wrong?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump is reportedly going to sign an executive order to "streamline" the process for approving and building the infrastructure projects that he has no plan to build.

Trump's order will rescind an Obama-era regulation requiring new federally-funded projects to account for sea level rise.

via Reuters:

Trump will sign his own executive order this afternoon to revoke the standards as part of his administration's plan to "streamline the current process" for infrastructure projects, a government official said.

The Obama-era standard required that builders factor in scientific projections for how climate change could affect flooding in a certain area and how projects are constructed.

This affront to common sense regulation will set a bad precedent but, on the other hand, Trump doesn't actually have a plan for building new infrastructure so it may not matter in the short term.

You can't "streamline the current process" when there is no current process.

It's entirely plausible that Trump believes he has initiated a nationwide effort to rebuild our infrastructure because he, you know, signed a piece of paper once.

  • muselet

    Sea levels will rise regardless of how hard Donald Trump or James Inhofe or even Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount of Brenchley, wish them not to do so. Any developer with half a brain would take that into account when planning new projects.

    The stupid, it burns!

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      Plenty of developers with half a brain and no scruples willing to ignore the data anyway so long as that check cashes today.

      • muselet

        True enough.

        However, any developer who hopes to be in business a decade from now can’t be (quite) that shortsighted.

        –alopecia

        • ninjaf

          I have known more than one developer with less than a 10 year plan for their businesses to be in existence, unfortunately. Get in, make all the money they can, file for bankruptcy, and move on to the next business.

    • In this case, “the stupid, it drowns”

      • muselet

        Indeed. I stand corrected.

        –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    So when the sea levels do then actually rise, then what? Idiotic POS.

    • ninjaf

      Magic asterisks and their Sky Man will save the infrastructure.

      • Badgerite

        Prayer covers?

  • waspuppet

    There’s only one consistent principle to the Trump presidency and administration: That N!&&@r Was Never Really President. That’s what underlies everything. They don’t know, or care, what the effects are of the things they do. Just erase any trace that The N!%%@r was ever president. That’s all they’re doing.

    • Tony Lavely

      If I could upvote a thousand times!

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