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Millions Saved in Japan By Good Engineering and Government Building Codes

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:05 AM
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Tokyo skyline. Image credit Kimon Berlin A recent tweet went: The headline you won't see: "Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes". But it's the truth. Well, you see that headline here. 3800 years ago, the the Code of Hammurabi was carved in stone, and included what is considered to be the first building code. That's way too long for Libertarians, who consider building codes evil. A year ago, in Comparing Haiti and Chile: Did Building Codes Save Lives? I noted that the libertarian position was that codes "are an intrusion into the private matters of citizens." The anti-Obama types on Ron Paul's forum about the subject note that "leftist Democrat/progressive/liberal/commie will never accept the idea that private citizens and free markets will provide safe goods. Government is God and all that Government regulates is good. Not regulated = evil." How many earthquakes will it take for them to realize that sometimes, standards have to change and buildings have to be better? ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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