I’ll bet there isn’t one of you who doesn’t know that I’m a techie. I’ve been devoted to science and technology- and FACTS- since I was a tyke. I knew I’d be a ChemE by the time I was 8 and was just as certain I’d effect major changes to the field of dialysis. I’ve been lucky enough to dabble in water treatment, water reuse, air treatment, microbial conversion of hazardous materials, pharmaceutical development, medical instrumentation, genetic manipulation, food production…. OK. You get the idea.
Here, we go. It’s the heart of election season (only because we have made the primary season so long- and have it run right into the national election). Only, this time, there’s enough talk (but still no action) that maybe we- that’s you and me, folks- can goad our do-nothing Congress into doing something to back up everyone’s polemics.
Infrastructure. You know- the facilities, the structures, the systems that our country (and cities and counties) need to survive. Our economy can’t function without an infrastructure- whether it’s roads, tunnels, bridges, electric grids, water systems, sewers, telecommunications- or any combination thereof.
I’ve written about our infrastructure failures. In particular, how we have not upgraded our electrical transmission systems to preclude hacking or terrorist attacks. There have been attacks (for example in California) that took the power station off line for a month. That attack destroyed some 17 transformers and left parts of Silicon Valley in the dark.
Just because our government seemingly has no clue that infrastructure is critical, does not mean that business doesn’t. And, they are getting fed up with the inaction. Because, despite the hoopla from the last election, business knows that they don’t do it alone. Their profits rely upon telephones that work, roads that let trucks move, electric power transmission lines that can’t be hacked by terrorists- or just plain crazies.