|from scoutjacobus on flickr|
However, I'd like to make even one more point that I think speaks to our need to move aggressively on high speed rail in appropriate corridors. (I will point out that I do not agree that we should bring high speed rail to 80% of the population of the country, as President Obama has stated. Rather than set up an arbitrary number like that, we should focus our energies in areas where we can most effectively offset regional air travel.)
|from ykanzawa1999 on flickr|
Oil is certain to become more expensive and may also become scarcer over the next decade or two, making our existing investments in highways and air travel look like the dot-com boom of the late 90's. Better to diversify our investments now, since it takes time to get them built and operating--time that we don't really have enough of.
A follow up post addressing another key flaw in their argument will be forthcoming shortly.