No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks
In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.
The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.
“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”
The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:
Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.
The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.
It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.
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San Francisco gas-furnace ban will gouge residents and strain vulnerable electric grid
Progressive California is digging itself deeper and deeper into a literal energy crisis. Last week, twenty members of the Air Quality Management District “approved the plan to phase out and ban gas-powered systems that emit nitrogen oxide, or NOx, and that contribute to air pollution. Three board members were absent, and one member abstained” writes National Review.
The ban will phase out the sale of new gas furnaces and water heaters in Northern California. As a result, it will “be costly for residents, will further burden an already stretched electric grid, and will have minimal environmental impact” energy experts and economists told National Review.
“The move is emblematic of California’s approach to energy, which involves ramping up the demand for electricity while gutting the state’s ability to meet its electricity needs,” they said.
Specifically, it is “a regressive policy that’s going to increase costs in a state that is already unaffordable, it’s going to do minimal in terms of reducing [greenhouse-gas] emissions, and it’s going to stress a problem that we already have no plan of addressing, which is [that] our grid is going to be unable to provide reliable electricity,” said Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow in business and economics at the California-based Pacific Research Institute who is studying the state’s electricity shortfall.
Winegarden said California already has a major housing-affordability problem. “And now we’re going to make it even less affordable,” he said. While there are state and federal incentives and subsidies for people to purchase and install electric heating systems, Winegarden, an economist, called it a “shell game.”
“Subsidies don’t get rid of the costs,” he said. “They just redistribute the costs.”
The board’s vote did not address natural-gas stoves because it doesn’t regulate indoor air pollution, notes National Review. However, earlier this year, the Biden administration’s Consumer Product Safety Commission was considering restrictions, and possibly a ban, on natural-gas stoves.
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May 17, 2022 at 3:22 pm
So tired of this administration with their heads buried in the sand!!
May 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm
If baby killers can protest outside supreme court justices can’t American citizens for closed borders protest at the borders?
May 17, 2022 at 6:22 pm
Why can’t they distribute the formula at the border to our own citizens, this administration just blows my mind! The warehouses stocked with everything for the illegals rushing into our country
what is nuance
May 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm
it’d be nice if you added some quantifiable data regarding money spent vs. results for “help at our border”. Oh wait that doesn’t exist and there is so much nuance around it. How many billions of dollars of sidewalks and bike paths are in America? How much spent on them yearly?
5 billion is so little for our federal government and you give us no real analysis.
Wish everything was as simple as you make it seem. so much nuance in this world, but let’s just throw nuance in the trash. 5 bills clearly would fix fentanyl and illegal immigration, lmao.
I wish I lived in the same black and white world you dumbos live in. I guess that is what happens when you do “journalism” and don’t work for a company in the real world that actually produces things. You would quickly learn things aren’t even close to being black and white. Are y’all that disconnected from reality?
get a real job and go outside. Hopefully a bot wrote this, Yo BOT, go outside. Probably did knowing 2022.
“fentanyl and the drug overdoses” the drug overdoses… lmao, which drug, there are so many???
May 18, 2022 at 2:06 pm
Here is my take on the whole bike issue. We have been living in an area where every city dweller thinks coming into our area to recreate is just fine. But they also think they own the road and act like they do. I am generalizing now.
But they contribute zero to the roads like those of us that pay license tabs,and ask to donate on top of that. Nor do they put a penny into the gasoline prices. So in actuality they have no right to be on the roads we pay for. So how about licensing Bicycles as well. So that they can feel like they contribute in a small way. It doesn’t have to be much, but I think Minimum $20 a year would be fair. And we would not be as annoyed with them as we are now.
But it looks like Biden wants us the even pay more for Bike paths. We are already paying for more than we use and for things we totally disagree with.
walter j sivigny
May 19, 2022 at 9:42 am
You can bet he has a relative or a crony in the cement business.
May 20, 2022 at 4:03 am
If the “americans” were less stupid and a bit better educated road accidents dues to excessive speed and non respect of traffic rules and deaths by overdose would be much lesser. The lack of civic awareness and education keeps the crime rate high and the corruption overwhelming…
May 20, 2022 at 8:52 am