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Thai Cabinet OKs borrowing $68B for megaprojects

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet has approved a plan to borrow $67.6 billion to build high-speed train lines and other transportation mega-projects over the next seven years. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday the government will borrow from domestic and foreign sources, rather than go through the annual budget process, …

Why Your Prius Will Bankrupt Our Highways – Jordan Weissmann – Business – The Atlantic

Gas taxes have funded our roads for decades. But our fuel-efficient cars and tax-allergic Congress are leading to an infrastructure break-down.  On Tuesday, House Republicans unveiled a highway spending bill stuffed full of red meat for their conservative base — a Chipotle steak burrito wrapped in legislative language. It would …

For development, China moves millions | GlobalPost

 As China faces its biggest relocation project yet, a look at the problems which continue a decade on for the Three Gorges migrants.   CHONGQING, China — When China launches ambitious projects to conquer nature and astound the world, people always get in the way. Sometimes it’s a few dozen …

Move Michelangelo ‘David’ underground? – UPI.com

FLORENCE, Italy, March 3 (UPI) — An Italian architect urged authorities to move Michelangelo’s David statue to an underground museum before work begins on a Florence train tunnel. Fernando De Simone, a specialist in underground construction, Wednesday said a specially built underground facility would also protect the iconic sculpture, one …