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RE: [carfree_cities] A realistic take on what Bush said... and a warning for the UK

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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 &
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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....
      >
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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...
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