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February 3, 2012

I’ll happily admit that I have a bias.  And I have very few filters left to hide that bias most days.  But of course, I’m not an objective journalist, I’m just some crank on the Internet.  However, if things keep up, I might be able to watch reliable news orgs drop down to the level of traffic normally reserved for sites like ours.  Witness: Republicans Plot Death of High-Speed Rail… (It’s the title on the main page.)

House Republicans late Thursday night adopted an amendment that would prohibit California from receiving any high speed rail money in a huge five-year transportation bill headed to the House floor next week. The $270 billion bill also eliminates bicycle and pedestrian programs and detaches urban mass transit funding from its traditional revenue source. The underlying bill did not include any high speed rail funding to begin with, and indeed would cut Amtrak by 25 percent, so the prohibition serves mainly as a stick in the eye to California’s plan for bullet trains.

For their next trick, they’ll deny contraception for eunuchs. (spelling corrected)

If we’re looking for random titles, how about: High-Speed Rail in California Self-Immolates After Ballooning to Unbuildable Budget Levels?

Not to be outdone, Senate Democrats shoved a bunch of crud into another bill and are trying to pass that, thus ensuring gridlock when the conference committee meets.  But don’t worry:

Both bills are billions of dollars short of revenue because both parties refuse to raise gasoline taxes, depriving the Highway Trust Fund of adequate revenues to fund transportation programs.

So until we’re further taxed to death, it doesn’t really matter anyway.  Wow, I think I need to go for a walk…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. JWoods permalink
    February 4, 2012 9:06 am

    High speed rail, light rail, Solar power and Windmills, all big projects to save the planet. Here is my question: We had to drive across country, all the way from Nebraska to the west coast were wind farms. Hundreds of windmills, the wind was blowing strongly across 3 states, and out of the hundreds of windmills maybe 25 to 50 were actually turning. So wind, windmills I think equals power, unless
    I missed something in my engineering classes. There is a good wind and a vast majority of the windmills are dormant, am I the only one who thinks this wind power equals a gigantic fraud? So all of these projects seem to be about picking peoples pockets instead of saving the environment. As a Nature Photographer I want clean air, water and forests, As a person who has worked, saved and
    has a good life, stop trying to fool us, we know what works, and what doesn’t. Sprinkling Pixie dust from Golden Unicorns on the problems only delays the pain off having to come up with real solutions.

    • February 4, 2012 10:20 am

      Wind power is nice, but th cost is usually 20-30% higher than the other power in the area, so the whole capacity doesn’t get purchased. But if you really go that way, most power plants run at 60-80% capacity most of the time. Hydro dams usually idle at least one generator at a time for maintenance and/or emergency power.

      Wind is one of the better ideas in my mind for the long term. It still isn’t viable today. It’s a dilemma.

  2. Coarsehair permalink
    February 4, 2012 8:46 am


    Spellcheck. Where is thy power?

    • February 4, 2012 10:17 am

      True, it’s supposed to have another ‘u.’ I type fast when the airport wireless tosses me regularaly.

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