30 Aug '12, 9pm

Yep, High Speed Rail Will Slash Emissions

Yep, High Speed Rail Will Slash Emissions

The potential benefits of high speed rail are many: reduced congestion, less pollution, slashed greenhouse gas emissions, and we get a nice, comfortable alternative mode of travel to boot. But from time to time, folks grow dubious about those benefits, and claim that rail is a worthless liberal boondoggle. They're wrong. To prove it, I present to thee a new study published in Environmental Research Letters , which finds that those benefits to building rail are very real indeed. The East Bay Express parses the findings : The study analyzed the environmental sustainability of a high-speed rail network compared to flying and driving. The authors concluded that the high-speed rail system, when it's completed, will consume less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases and less pollution than autos or planes, even after accounting for future improvements in auto and airplane fuel ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/yep-high-...

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