RE: [carfree_cities] A realistic take on what Bush said... and a warning for the UK
- 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@...>
>To: Carfree Cities <email@example.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
>See this story from the Observer....
>Car worship is killing the once-great US railroad. Is ours in danger, too?
>Sunday February 5, 2006
>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...