This is the 515th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the July 26 Green Spotlight. More than 27,455 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.
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terrypinder writes—Like most everything else, his “trillion dollar infrastructure plan” is probably a f**king scam: “Everything this regime does is a mean-spirited scam. The bones of this particular scam are a bunch of managementese gobble-te-gook: ‘we’re going to spend $200 billion over 10 years to leverage $800 billion in private money’ and some odd bullshit—things that don’t mean anything (oh, and we’ll return to the $200 billion in just a second).
other parts of the scam are ‘asset recycling,’ which is its own scam—basically if a government wants to build something and get money for it, they have to sell something it owns off to pay for it. This is practiced in parts of Australia (which seems to have a weird relationship with its infrastructure—they rejected asset recycling in 2014 only to bring it back—they seem to have killed it again according to this opinion article in the Guardian from early June). Here’s a glowing report on how it allegedly works and I link this particular site not as approval of the concept—I might believe infrastructure doesn’t need to be the money-pit that the US treats it as, but I certainly don’t believe we should be selling everything off like some kind of yard sale. I link as a ‘know your enemy’ type of thing.”