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the more I come to the sad conclusions that:

  1. the benefits of rail are truly massive
  2. but they are complex to prove and not obvious at all to demonstrate

thus, politicians will have a hard time going for these, and the private sector won't bother.

This is where having technocrats in charge can do wonders...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Oct 12th, 2009 at 05:36:49 PM EST
Well there's Technocrats of the Hubbert persuasion, and then there's Bureaucratic Technocrats

Are you the former, the latter, both or neither?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Oct 12th, 2009 at 06:29:40 PM EST
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Actually, I have a second hand promise that a Senate staffer will read a one page argument brief, and if interested go on to read the backing material.

Much of the afternoon (its Columbus Day in the States, a Federal Holiday that, as far as I understand, celebrates the contribution that Columbus, Ohio, has made to the nation) has been spent hammering the ideas in the blog post into the shape of a sharp one page argument brief and a backing paper for each proposal.

Since none of these three proposals require allocation of new money, nor diverts funds from headings guaranteed funding in the House version, but rather focuses on the ways that the state shares may be used ... and all three allow state and/or local governments to leverage the (relatively modest) early flows of carbon fees to fund substantially larger projects ...

... and since Transport for America already has people pestering Senators about funding for already available clean energy transport in the bill ...

... and given that unlike the Health Insurance Reform, the EPA will retain the ability to regulate CO2 emissions if no Climate Bill is forthcoming ...

... I think there is at least a shot.

Especially when there are technocrats in the Pentagon that are starting to push along these lines.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Oct 12th, 2009 at 06:52:46 PM EST
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