How cities can stop deadly gas leaks
— By Tyler Falk on March 12, 2014, 2:29 PM PST
The text font size is much too big on pages so slows down reading speed could you put back to about 14 point as we are not at preschool.
So now 68 more people have died from leaky gas mains this decade than from terrorist attacks. The amount of money spent on leaky gas leaks? well... i don't know. The amount of money spent on the War on Terror? >$5trillion as of 2011. Gas Leaks 68 : Terrorists 0.
Whether gas, electric, sewers, water, bridges, buildings, railways etc... the fundamental problem is a lack of basic routine and safety maintenance. Until utilities and authorities put their hands in their pockets, or are forced to, nothing will change.
You spend all the money you want on funky robots and sensors, to be seen to be doing something ticking the 'elf and safety forms, but it comes down to corporate social responsibility v's cold hard cash.
"Isn't quite good enough". You're young Tyler, and risk adverse. That's a danger to our society, and totally explains why we could get to the moon in less than 10 years, but now any decent scientific advances are always 20 years way. You're the problem.
One of my favorite outtakes from 20/20, way back in the day, was John Stossel making a lady absolutely freak out over the dangers of Natural Gas. Of course, he presented the dangers first, and only when she cried 'Too many deaths!' did he reveal the source was Natural Gas - something most of us have grown up with in our homes.
“Natural gas is highly explosive, invisible, poisonous, and odorless.
Yet we accept natural gas, even though it kills not two but 400
Americans a year, because it was introduced before we got crazy about
risk. We accept coal, even though mining it is nasty and filthy and
kills dozens of people every year. By contrast, we're terrified of
nuclear energy. Chernobyl, the worst nuclear power disaster ever, killed
only 30 people. Some say the radiation may eventually kill others, but
even if that's true, natural gas kills more people every year.”
― John Stossel, Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media...
It's unfortunate the chicken littles of the world are winning, and preventing any true advancement in technology.
The article said that people smelled the gas for weeks. After that what are you supposed to do? It's the system's fault for not responding properly.
Risk aversion v's Bottom Line aversion - guess which wins.
@riverat1 True that, I'm quite sure the chemical H2O is responsible for many more deaths.
BTW, I quibble with the assertion that natural gas is 'poisonous' per se, to the extent that it displaces oxygen perhaps, but it's not like a true poison such as cyanide that does specific damage to human cells. Well, there are cases of SBD that have been known to incapacitate ;-).