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Right-wing opposition to high-speed trains explained

They say it's about the money, but it's really about the votes.

Jaffe: Lack of willingness to invest in forward-looking programs a lack of positive Republican ideasJuly 22, 2011: Sarah Jaffe gives five reasons why right-wing politicians oppose high-speed rail transit projects. Writing for AlterNet, Jaffe finds that remembrance and honour, people power, psychology, and nostalgia and fear of change are driving conservatives to resist more efficient, cleaner, cheaper public transit.

"High-speed rail is one of the rare areas where business, labour, and environmental activists are often in agreement. Republican transportation secretary Ray LaHood is a fan, as are, of course, President Obama and Vice-President Biden.

But Tea Party-supported governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Scott in Florida have made headlines by refusing billions in federal stimulus dollars aimed at creating new high-speed train lines between major cities.

The trains would be electric-powered, providing comparable travel times to regional plane flights but cheaper, running on cleaner energy, and without the same security concernsÂ…"

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Posted: August 09, 2011

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