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On Is High-Speed Rail Worth Its Cost?

Florida's governor Scott just this week pulled the plug on Florida's high-speed rail system, and those federal dollars may be going to California instead.

Expensive though high-speed rail is, all modes of modern transportation are uniformally expensive, require public funding and rarely, if ever, recover their costs, particularly if those costs include future costs associated with ever-increasing green-house gases.

Further, the "core train technologies" that you refer to, Geoff, come from companies and/or countries that invest in American workers and have extensive technology sharing.  For more on high-speed rail and its benefits, I refer you to our recent "e-book," on the same subject:


February 19, 2011    View Comment    

On Hey, These Guys Are Serious

Well said.  Thanks for a great report, Jim.

January 20, 2011    View Comment    

On Base-Power Alternatives to Replace Base-Loaded Coal Plants

Congratulations, Charles and best wishes!

November 23, 2010    View Comment    

On Selling the Smart Grid to Consumers

Thanks for this, Evan.  And many thanks to our panel, who found more areas of agreement than not.  It's interesting how often "chicken-and-egg" was used in the discussion, and indeed, without a strong public/private partnership and and some innovative approaches to personal consumers/homeowners, smart grid implementation will still have strong obstacles to overcome.

October 19, 2010    View Comment    

On Infrastructure Failures and Investments in the Future

This call for alarm is also borne out in the recent oil pipeline spill into a tributary of the Kalamazoo river.  The head of the West Michigan Environmental Action Coalition, Rachel Wood, and I spoke recently and she pointed out that the Dept of Transportation had sent a letter of warning to Enbridge, the Canadian pipeline company which maintains the Michigan pipeline, in January of 2010 which was ignored.  Presumably we will discover the Dept of Transportation's failures with the San Bruno rupture.  Congress needs to review oversight for the nation's pipelines - presumably taking this function from the notoriously under-funded DoT.

September 13, 2010    View Comment    

On Climate Change and the Integrity of Science

Michael, well-said.  Thanks for continuing to converse, and for your restraint.  As a moderated community, The Energy Collective does reserve the right to exclude comments when they become overly personal, but it appears that both you, Stephen and Ed are still mostly arguing issues of fact, which we appreciate. 
May 8, 2010    View Comment    

On Former Interior Head Stewart Udall Dead at 90

Thanks, Keith, for the link. Very nice tribute.
March 21, 2010    View Comment    

On The SOTU and Energy

Comment gremlins, present.  Sorry for the glitches in the system... scientists are at this very moment working on improving the comments system.  But in the meantime, for the very erudite and thorough commenters like Mr. Styles, we recommend first writing the comment in notebook or a word program.
January 30, 2010    View Comment    

On Copenhagen De-briefing: An Analysis of COP15 for Long-term Cooperation

This looks terrific.  We'd also like to point folks to our de-briefing on Cop15 with several leading experts: a live, inter-active webinar on January 26. Here's the link:
January 21, 2010    View Comment    

On America’s Most Important Environmental Law Turns 40

A stretch, but nice photo choice, Tim.  Reminds me of the postcard entitled, "The President and the King."
January 9, 2010    View Comment    

On My Plan for Dealing with Climate Change

Welcome to The Energy Collective, Senator.  I"ll leave it to other members to react to your post, but I'm impressed that you are open to facing the world's best bloggers' here on an open playing field.  Speaking of which, go Volunteers.
October 28, 2009    View Comment    

On Smart Grid: On its way…slowly

It also requires a "layer of intelligence" from the states.  That should slow things down a bit as well.  For more on smart grid, and to hear Marc's discussion, be sure to sign up for tomorrow's live webinar being brought you by TEC and Siemens.  Scroll up on the left navigational for registration.
October 27, 2009    View Comment