China’s Infrastructure Investments Going the Way of Its Rail and Energy Investments -- Horribly

So the Obama administration has insisted we need to invest in renewable energy so we don’t fall behind China, but then we discovered that China’s renewable energy industry is in an even worse financial state than ours.  China is better than us in transportation, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says, because they’ve built a high-speed rail system. But it turns out China’s trains are a scary, hastily built, dangerous mess whose construction was marked with corruption and are too expensive for the Chinese to actually ride.

But China’s infrastructure! Oh, man, China’s infrastructure! President Barack Obama has praised China’s infrastructure investments and has frequently argued that we’ve got to follow in their footsteps.

Cue the sad trombones (via BBC):

A section of a multi-million dollar bridge in China that opened in November has collapsed, leaving three people dead and five injured, state media say.

Four lorries fell off the Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin City, Heilongjiang province, when part of it collapsed, Xinhua news agency said.

Shoddy construction and over-loading have been blamed for the incident, it added.

This is the sixth major bridge collapse in China in a year. We can only hope the firms who built these bridges aren't the same Chinese firms that have been contracted to build bridges here in America.

Here’s Obama the candidate back in 2008 using the traveling Potemkin village known as the Olympics as a springboard to talk about the infrastructure gap, declaring China’s to be “vastly superior” to ours. Wonder if he still feels that way:

(Hat tip to Scott Lincicome)

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  • The Hammer||

    Obviously they need to throw more money down that hole.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    Let me use this opportunity to state screw ASCE, too.

  • OldMexican||

    A section of a multi-million dollar bridge in China that opened in November has collapsed, leaving three people dead and five injured, state media say.

    Maybe it was one of those "green" bridges that used bamboo reinforced concrete...



    China's renewable energy industry is in an even worse financial state than ours.

    See? They're winning! They're winning!

  • wareagle||

    curiously, didn't the Chinese do a lot of work in the rebuild of teh SF Bay Bridge?

  • sarcasmic||

    Don't you understand? This will be a boon for China's economy!

    Think of all the jobs that will be created and saved while fixing all these roads and bridges!

    Now if only we had crumbling roads and bridges to fix in this country we could get the economy rolling again!

    Broken windows FTW!

  • Scott S.||

    Alt text already beat you.

  • Hyperion||

    Now if only we had crumbling roads and bridges to fix in this country we could get the economy rolling again

    You obviously have not visited Baltimore recently. We should be having an enormous boom any minute now according to that logic.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Went to an Orioles game a few years back and my first impression was...WTF are these 2 stadiums doing in the middle of this shithole?

  • ||

    Also, fuck Art Modell.

  • ||

    Jesus Warty, you're like a dog with a bone. Why don't you be hanging out in the guy's driveway or something.

  • Brett L||

    No, I get it. I'm waiting for Bud Adams to die so I can piss on his grave.

  • The Craig||

    Caw?

  • Hyperion||

    Parts of Baltimore are very nice. Parts are indeed crapholes.

    But the roads are very bad in almost every area of the city. I have no idea what they are doing with the outrageous property taxes that they charge.

  • sarcasmic||

    I have no idea what they are doing with the outrageous property taxes that they charge.

    I don't know about Baltimore, but around here they can't afford to fix the roads because the police need to replace their vehicles as soon as the new car smell wears off.

  • Chupacabra||

    Or as soon as the smell of dog blood and hookers becomes too powerful.

  • ||

    You should have seen the old stadium. Holy shit, it's just wonderful sitting on concrete benches for the entirety of a baseball game.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    Camden Yards and MT are nice stadiums, but walking to and from them from the parking gave me flashbacks of every mugging scene on TV I've ever seen.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    M and T...dammit

  • Hyperion||

    The neighborhoods around there are sketchy. They used to be really rough from what I have heard, but lots of property renovations and yuppies moved in and now it is not quite so bad. Best place to live in Balmer is Northwest. Lots of very tranquil and pretty neighborhoods. Quick drive into city via 83, only 10-15 minutes.

  • The Craig||

    Northwest along 140?

  • Hyperion||

    Hmm, I can't remember where 140 is, but sounds familiar... I was thinking about Mt. Washington, Cross Country, and Cheswolde areas.

  • Hyperion||

    Ahh, you are talking about Reistertown Road. I am talking about in general, east of there, between there and 83, keeping North of Northern Ave. Some of the nicest neighborhoods I have seen anywhere in the US. Hard to believe you are even in Baltimore there, until you hit a giant pothole in the road.

  • ||

    Did you have to buy an extra ticket for your hemorrhoid?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Okay, thats pretty damn funny, that is.

  • The Craig||

    Ha, just like the Grand Prix!

  • DJF||

    """"We can only hope the firms who built these bridges aren't the same Chinese firms that have been contracted to build bridges here in America.""''

    So Reason magazine is now against free trade in shoddily constructed bridges?

  • ||

    What happened to you, China? You used to be cool.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    They meant well.

  • Hyperion||

    They also mean well when they sometimes make a few of their citizens disappear. So it's all ok.

  • Aresen||

    Yeah. Obama doesn't make US Citizens disappear.

    He blows them to bits instead.

    (Isn't America GREAT?)

  • Hyperion||

    He only does that for the childins

  • OldMexican||

    President Barack Obama has praised China's infrastructure investments and has frequently argued that we've got to follow in their footsteps.


    Do you know who were also highly praised for their infrastructure investments at one time?

  • sarcasmic||

    They built their stuff to last. Stupid Germans. They'd be so much more prosperous if they broke some windows.

  • nobody||

    That is some black humor right there. Damn.

  • ||

    What a handsome car. They knew how to mass murder in style.

  • Aresen||

    What's Chinese for "TOP MEN"?

  • CampingInYourPark||

    lingleader?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Lacist!

    Wait, now I did it!?

    I DENOUNCE MYSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE TOO.

  • Killazontherun||

    The roll over box beside the comment page link is driving me fucking insane.

  • BakedPenguin||

    There's always script block, if you don't mind looking at a basic HTML page.

  • Killazontherun||

    I'm aware of that no solution. The problem here is that when I read a headline, I subconsciously fix my mouse over it. The roll over box is usually in the way of that destination and pops up when I'm trying to read the fucking thing it is obscuring. There is latency in the scroll over that tends to keep it up for several seconds after I've rolled over it a second time to dismiss it.

  • The Hammer||

    So HuffPo has been running the Empire State Building Shooting story at the top of the page all morning, and their article on it is filled to the brim with the standard "guns are evil this is the most important thing in the world/why are Republicans endorsing this violence?" trope. Went back to HuffPo a minute ago and that top story has been replaced with the headline "Romney Cracks Birther Joke." As usual, stay classy Arianna, you diseased fucking cunt.

  • Hyperion||

    I saw a few comments around the web to this effect:

    "See, this guy didn't have a criminal record! So that proves that law abiding citizens are the worst people to let have guns!"

    Liberals really are that stupid.

  • Killazontherun||

    But they are easy to spot, and to avoid if you ignore the laws they write.

  • BakedPenguin||

    President Barack Obama has praised China’s infrastructure investments and has frequently argued that we’ve got to follow in their footsteps.

    The bridge is a good metaphor for what he's done to the economy.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    When do we get "Son of Cash for Clunkers"?

  • ||

    The real world is depressing and boring. Let's listen to Deep Purple.

  • Hyperion||

    Space Truckin

  • BakedPenguin||

    What about Led Zeppelin?

  • ||

    Also acceptable, though a bit overdone at this point.

  • BakedPenguin||

    So you, along with everyone else, missed the "where's the confounded bridge?" joke? Or was it just funnier in my mind?

    Another Led Zeppelin song about our crumbling infrastructure.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "See, this guy didn't have a criminal record! So that proves that law abiding citizens are the worst people to let have guns!"

    You just can't be sure; the obvious solution is to not let ANYBODY have a gun. Unless they work for the government, of course.

    I mean, what if some random civilian had had a gun? He might have started shooting wildly and hit some innocent bystander!

  • A Serious Man||

    While I'm sure dunphy will be along any minute to defend the dipshites in blue, the fact is that more people were hurt by the NYPD firing wildly at the suspect than by the suspect himself. They'll be getting a lot of lawsuits.

  • Aresen||

    Yeah, strict gun controls will prevent mass shootings.

    Just like in Norway.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns ... and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.

    -- Edward Abbey, "Abbey's Road", 1979

  • Killazontherun||

    A shooting incident? In his city? Bloomberg's is going to need to call a doctor about that erection soon if he hasn't already.

  • Scarcity||

    Thomas Friedman will be along to explain this misunderstanding presently.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    So is Friedman the "Robin" to Bloomies' "Batman"?

  • alittlesense||

    Aw crap....that brings up so many unpleasant images playing on the Batman/Robin being gay notion. Friedman and Bloomberg....I must leave my keyboard to throw up

  • albo||

    I thought concrete was the one thing communists were actually good at.

    "Hey, Chang, put more melamine in the stiff mix, would ya? The boss needs to save more money for the bribes."

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Change that to "Hey, Stosh" and you might as well have been in Chicago from 1958-1977.

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    Any of the foreign bogeyman tossed at us since the 1970s has proven to be, at very least, overestimated. The Soviet Union was a hollow empire. The Japanese were going to rule the world via superiority in high-tech and artificial intelligence. The Euro was going to displace dollar as the world's reserve currency. The Chinese are so populous, and are modernizing so rapidly, that they cannot help but crowd us out in the coming decades. Plus, they own all of our national debt!

    It's all hyperbole and hysteria. Every now and then, pretty much by accident, the Chicken Littles may be more-or-less right. But this article provides evidence that their latest cluckings are little more than chicken poop.

    Throughout my lifetime, the facts seemed to have been these: 1) Everybody is trying to get by, the best they can; 2) Very few people have any good plans at all, and the plans themselves are only useful for limited times, under particular circumstances; 3) In the long run, only liberty and free markets manage to improve most people's situations and standards of living.

    But politicians continue to play or promote the Chicken Littles, in order to drive us toward the abattoir. And always, huge flocks of human turkeys prove susceptible to their drover-skills.

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    xxx foreign boogeymen

    When, oh when, will registered commenters get to edit their comments after the fact?

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