Our Infrastructure Advantage

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 18 2012 @ 3:21pm

China is still catching up:

Although the population of China is four times that of the United States, it will be decades before China can construct an infrastructure comparable in scope to our own. For instance, while the United States has more than 15,000 airports, China has a mere 502.

The U.S. railway system is three times the length of China’s, despite the fact that rail remains the dominant way for its citizenry to travel long distances. The length of U.S. oil and gas pipelines are an order of magnitude larger than what is found in China, which means that much more of their liquid fuels have to be transported over land, taxing their relative paucity of roads. Other important indicators, such as electricity production and the amount of paved roads, reveal similar disparities …