Friday, December 17, 2004

But What About the Farmers?

The Army Corps of Engineers invokes the name of American agriculture in their latest project. The Corps wants to spend $1.79 billion to replace seven locks on the Mississippi River -- and another $1.58 billion on ecosystem reconstruction. The Corps says it's necessary to get farmers' goods to markets. But back in 2000, a whistleblower accused the Corps of inventing the justification to maintain their own flow of tax dollars.

Since then, scientists haven't been able to figure out how grain shipments would increase enough to justify the construction, either. Repeated studies by the National Research Council (a sister agency to the National Academy of Sciences) say the Corps has not made a good enough case for construction. (BaltSun)

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