chapter  5
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Infrastructure Subsidies

Look closely at modern infrastructure, however, and you find a body economic in multiple-organ failure. In contrast with the finely tuned self-regulation of the human body, there are leaky irrigation systems where 70 percent of the water carried never reaches a crop, mighty rivers that have been subdued into reservoirs by dams that will never pay for themselves and that generate electricity to warm houses that leak heat like sieves, and spreading suburban roads that consume ever more

land yet clot with traffic. At all turns, infrastructure is out of balance with its environment.1