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A realistic take on what Bush said... and a warning for the UK

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  • On the Train Towards the Future!
    Hi, See this story from the Observer.... ... Car worship is killing the once-great US railroad. Is ours in danger, too? Carol Sarler Sunday February 5, 2006
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      Hi,

      See this story from the Observer....

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      Car worship is killing the once-great US railroad. Is ours in danger, too?

      Carol Sarler
      Sunday February 5, 2006

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,5391972-103630,00.html

      The best from this story is:

      "Even by his own standards of incoherence, George W Bush pulled a cracker when he declared Americans to be 'addicted to oil' and thus managed to be wrong twice in three words. They are not addicted - there is no compulsion involved - they are obsessed. And not with the gloopy gallon itself, but with the motor car that it propels.

      The distinction matters, pointing as it does to the truth of Bush: in seeking 'alternative' fuels, he seeks only new ways to feed the beast; he hasn't the slightest intention, now or ever, of actually slaying it. The almost constitutionally enshrined American love affair with its wheels, so insatiable that the car population now equals that of the human adult - one per person and right up there with inalienable rights - is once again safely, powerfully ratified."

      SEND THAT SECOND PARAGRAPH to everyone you know whom you suspect is a little favourable to Bush now...

      However, the writer seems to know nothing about the huge share of cargo that rail in the USA carries - higher than in most European countries - and ignores new commuter rail systems...

      But her warning about rail in the UK should be heeded...

      - T

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    • Andrew Dawson
      In regards to the UK Mr.Beeching did a lot of damage. Even here in North America the privatization of Canadian National and Conrail were botched jobs too. CN &
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 5, 2006
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        In regards to the UK Mr.Beeching did a lot of damage. Even here in North
        America the privatization of Canadian National and Conrail were botched jobs
        too. CN & CR went from being a public sector mess to a private sector mess
        and taxpayers/citizens really got short changed for there is no excuse for
        destroying crown/public property.

        Till later, Andrew

        >From: "On the Train Towards the Future!" <edelman@...>
        >Reply-To: carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com
        >To: Carfree Cities <carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com>
        >Subject: [carfree_cities] A realistic take on what Bush said... and a
        >warning for the UK
        >Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 21:58:16 +0100
        >
        >Hi,
        >
        >See this story from the Observer....
        >
        >---
        >
        >Car worship is killing the once-great US railroad. Is ours in danger, too?
        >
        >Carol Sarler
        >Sunday February 5, 2006
        >
        >http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,5391972-103630,00.html
        >
        >The best from this story is:
        >
        >"Even by his own standards of incoherence, George W Bush pulled a cracker
        >when he declared Americans to be 'addicted to oil' and thus managed to be
        >wrong twice in three words. They are not addicted - there is no compulsion
        >involved - they are obsessed. And not with the gloopy gallon itself, but
        >with the motor car that it propels.
        >
        >The distinction matters, pointing as it does to the truth of Bush: in
        >seeking 'alternative' fuels, he seeks only new ways to feed the beast; he
        >hasn't the slightest intention, now or ever, of actually slaying it. The
        >almost constitutionally enshrined American love affair with its wheels, so
        >insatiable that the car population now equals that of the human adult - one
        >per person and right up there with inalienable rights - is once again
        >safely, powerfully ratified."
        >
        >SEND THAT SECOND PARAGRAPH to everyone you know whom you suspect is a
        >little favourable to Bush now...
        >
        >However, the writer seems to know nothing about the huge share of cargo
        >that rail in the USA carries - higher than in most European countries - and
        >ignores new commuter rail systems...
        >
        >But her warning about rail in the UK should be heeded...
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