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The view here is too little too late, not that high speed rail is a bad idea or waste of money. That was not my read at all.

Posted By: UtahFanSir
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 09:02 am

The Slate author is in a full-on panic mode over climate change, and believes other transportation options will have a greater impact on reducing emissions sooner. Slate is a left of center news source, according to Media Bias.

High-speed rail would have been great if it had been built back in the late 1970s, when then-California Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed it.

Meanwhile, the world has only a few short decades to tackle blossoming carbon emissions in time to keep global warming under so-called safe levels, defined as a rise of no more than 2 degrees Celsius. On the world’s current carbon emissions trajectory, we’ll use up our total carbon budget by 2042. Amtrak’s true high-speed rail line in the Northeast corridor, promising three-hour transits between Washington, D.C., and Boston (down from seven hours currently on the Acela), isn’t slated for completion until 2040. Time is not on our side.

Given the incredible pressure that global warming is inflicting, we can’t waste precious resources on high-speed rail. It’s impractical to hope that truly high-speed rail—the kind that will compete with air travel—will arrive in time to do much good.

Instead, limited public transportation funds should be prioritized for climate-friendly projects that will pay off more than high-speed rail in the same time frame. Some options for politicians: 1) Expand the use of upscale electric buses, 2) support self-driving vehicle technology, and 3) regulate airline emissions.

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UtahFanSir icon NEW: Why No High Speed Rail In The US
UtahFanSir - -- Sunday 2 June 2019, at 08:29 am [ID# 1947677] [reply]
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The Thrill icon NEW: Look up Stadler Rail. They’re coming
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 2 June 2019, at 10:41 am [ID# 1947681] [reply]
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o NEW: As your video pointed out Big Oil, the auto makers and aviation don't want high speed rail It would cut into their profitability but I think it's coming as the older baby boomers die off
FlyfishingUte - -- Sunday 2 June 2019, at 01:17 pm [ID# 1947682] [reply]
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The Thrill icon NEW: Who killed the electric car? (nm)
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Sunday 2 June 2019, at 01:30 pm [ID# 1947683] [reply]
o NEW: The Stone Cutters (nm)
Toos Ute - -- Sunday 2 June 2019, at 09:16 pm [ID# 1947687] [reply]
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o NEW: The Stone Cutters (nm)
Toos Ute - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 06:41 am [ID# 1947693] [reply]
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pangloss icon NEW: As an older boomer, why wait for me and my contemporaries to die off to build high speed rail? If it makes sense, I will support it. I'm a radical pragmatist. (nm)
pangloss - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 03:50 pm [ID# 1947704] [reply]
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o NEW: good question. I don't have an answer for that one. (nm)
FlyfishingUte - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 06:05 pm [ID# 1947708] [reply]
Zeous icon NEW: The vid posted was interesting. Thanks to UtahFanSir for sharing. Made me curious about FrontRunner, because yes... pragmatism... (long)
Zeous - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 10:28 pm [ID# 1947717] [reply]
LA Ute icon NEW: From that unimpeachable authority, Wikipedia
LA Ute - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 03:47 pm [ID# 1947702] [reply]
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pangloss icon NEW: If they're going to do it, do it right.
pangloss - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 04:04 pm [ID# 1947705] [reply]
LA Ute icon NEW: And another view
LA Ute - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 03:49 pm [ID# 1947703] [reply]
o NEW: Any idea of what the author's background is? I read that and he seems compelled to maintain the status quo with a few tweaks that may or may not help reduce our carbon footprint
FlyfishingUte - -- Monday 3 June 2019, at 10:16 pm [ID# 1947716] [reply]
UtahFanSir icon NEW: The view here is too little too late, not that high speed rail is a bad idea or waste of money. That was not my read at all.
UtahFanSir - -- Tuesday 4 June 2019, at 09:02 am [ID# 1947725] [reply]
Chucker icon NEW: We will never see high speed rail in our lifetime...
Chucker - -- Wednesday 5 June 2019, at 11:49 am [ID# 1947773] [reply]
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