Friday, March 25, 2011

High Speed Rail and our environment on the rails:


It’s too bad that yet again the tragedy of our economy is being used as an opportunity to gut our environmental monitoring (the massive cuts in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency (not to mention the attacks on public broadcasting, which is one of our last hopes of getting objective and what is left of investigative environmental reporting) and now our hopes for high speed rail are on the rails. High speed rail across New York State will move folks out of their vehicles (and off the gas lines to come) into a more efficient and environmentally friendly mode of travel across our state.

Instead of a viable future where we curb greenhouse gases that are causing Climate Change and reduce particulates in our air from burning fossil fuels, it looks like we will continue to spend billions on roads and bridges that support a transportation system that is unsustainable. Though gasoline driven vehicular transportation is too expensive in every sense of the word, our present financial uproar will favor those with an interest in keeping the status quo, rather than everyone else and our environment.

We can use this attack against high speed rail (and we can add the attacks against off-shore wind projects) to use as markers, or points, where major steps were taken to reduce our collective chance of survival in a world that is warming up and our environment falling down.

Congressman Reed asks government to abandon high speed rail - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow Rochester, N.Y. — Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning, is urging Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to abandon plans for a high speed rail line for New York State. “In times of national financial crisis, we simply cannot support this expenditure of precious tax dollars on a project that will not be financially viable in the long-term,” Reed wrote in a letter to LaHood that was co-signed by Congresswoman Ann Marie Berkley. (March 25, 2011) Home - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow [more on Transportation in our area]

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