WASHINGTON - Nearly three years after the Interstate 35W bridge
collapse, 25 percent of the country's bridges remain "structurally
deficient" or "functionally obsolete," according to testimony at a House
Transportation Subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
"It's only a matter of time before it's another one in the river," said Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat on the committee.
The debate over clean energy is ripping open divisions in conservative
business lobbies. Debate on federal climate change legislation has led
an increasing number of businesses to leave the Chamber of Commerce,
the National Association of Manufacturers, and other business
associations because of those organizations' stances against
recognizing the scientific validity of climate change. The revolt has
been growing ever since a senior Chamber official called for a "Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" to evaluate evidence of global warming.