As we get serious about solving climate change, we must evaluate every project, every investment, and every system as to their role in either causing or solving climate change.
Right now, America is still investing hundreds of billions of dollars every year building more roads, subsidizing cars, expanding airports, subsidizing aviation, subsidizing the oil industry, subsidizing defense to secure the flow of oil, and more that all make climate change worse. The first step is to halt our contribution funding more damage!
All our public investments from now on need to go 100% towards systems and technologies that solve climate change and reduce carbon. High speed rail is the largest scale technology that can transform America the fastest to ZERO-carbon transportation.
We need "all hands on deck" and everyone participating in the solutions! We have limited time to repair nature's systems before they are rendered non-functional, thereby cutting off OUR only support system. America must invest at the federal and state level in a big way to transform our transportation and energy systems to ZERO carbon as quickly as possible.
Electric high speed rail is the most energy efficient of all trains. A national high speed rail system is the centerpiece of a sustainable America, and will significantly reduce congestion and our dependence on cars and oil, while cutting our carbon emissions by epic proportions. The entire system can be powered by clean, safe renewable energy including wind, solar, geothermal, and ocean/tidal. Clean electric trains are a major form of daily transportation in numerous countries, and are the single most powerful transportation choice that can solve serious mobility, energy, environmental, economic, health, and social problems simultaneously - on a global scale.
High speed trains outperform both flying and driving combined in every measure - capacity, mobility, convenience, speed, safety, efficiency, energy consumption, cost, profitability, national security, carbon footprint, physical footprint, economic development, smart growth, and more.
A network of high speed trains can carry more passengers than cars and airplanes combined - using a fraction of the energy, and with no delays.
High Speed Rail is the only viable transport solution capable of reducing carbon, congestion, costs, accidents, and energy consumption all at the same time! No other transport option comes close. More info
Complete sustainable transportation for America: 3-tiered electric rail network surrounded with TOD