. . . the odds of Another hit are vanishingly small.
In the sense that when a big one eventually hits, we'll all vanish.
You think the taxi industry requires mandatory inspections and re-testing? Seriously you people are so out of touch. You know what you need to become a taxi driver? A valid license and the ability to pass a two day training course.
I'm sure there is plenty of room for improvement, but in my city, taxi drivers need to get and keep a commercial driver's license, (which requires periodic testing) they need to pass tests on their knowledge of local roads, landmarks, and routing (again, periodically), the taxi needs to have valid commercial insurance (kept up-to-date), and the vehicle needs to pass safety inspections (once a year), among other things.
As a way to build a new market, subsidized pricing works and may well be justified. When Amazon started, the notion of shopping for books on your computer was strange. For the most part people were used to browsing through their neighborhood bookstore, and it was not at all apparent that an online only store was viable. But by undercutting brick and mortar stores, they got people to try their services, which let them expand and continue to build their infrastructure.
And now, I don't have a bookstore anywhere near me to which I can go and browse through books before deciding what, if anything to buy. Amazon has made the world a little worse for me, with the added effect that I'm buying fewer books and magazines.
Keep your cat indoors . . .
But if I keep my cat indoors, who'll catch the mice?
Not my dogs - they don't do stealth. The dogs will just run after the mice and bark as the mice scurry away safely into their hiding place.
Further, areas like Illinois . . . the very people most vocal about going green have the least installed capacity.
Just wrong. With 3,842 MW of installed capacity (as of the end of 2015) Illinois has more wind power installed than all but 4 other states: Texas, California, Iowa, and Oklahoma. About 5-6% of Illinois' power comes from wind, and more than 40% from nuclear.
. . . and the motivation to clean up the environment started within "private" society, not "public" office.
So, the people insisted that the government help clean up the environment, and the government "of the people and by the people" followed the people's lead and did just that, and that's evidence that it's all the government's fault?
The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."