23 February 2007
The Wallstreet Journal last week had an article on how China has started a massive project to extend their train system throughout the country, with numerous highspeed tracks as well. I also recall the line in An Inconvenient Truth about how the mileage requirements for new Chinese cars are far below even those being proposed in the U.S. This all makes me think that the U.S. leadership has really been moving the country in the wrong direction. If some poor, overpopulated, totalitarian nation on the other side of the globe can do this, why can't we? The half-trillion that we've sunk into Iraq thus far would buy a hell of a lot of train track and high-speed lines. And yet the U.S. finds it hard to keep even their limited Amtrak trains running on schedule. A half-trillion-dollar mass-transit overhall would also create an enormous demand for domestic labor (Even in the case of China, the large project is creating something of a boom in certain U.S. industries. You can just imagine what it would be like if the construction were going on here.) The U.S. is definitely not on track.
Posted by Karlo at 12:34 p.m.