which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil,
Those aren't "American" companies, they're "global" companies anyway.
And besides, if Boehner was really serious about reducing our dependence on foreign Oil,
he'd support efforts to upgrade our passenger-rail infrastructure which is much more energy efficient than either airline or highway travel.
Uh yeah lets find a 19th century solution to our problems Troll.
Oh good Lord.
So a train full of people taking a week to cross the country is more efficient then a 4 hour flight?
If rail travel were more efficient, it would be cheaper. Which it is not.
What is needed is the removal of government impediments to energy development, not more government distortions of the market.
We don't take cars or planes because they are "energy efficient", we take them because they give us more FREEDOM.
Boxcar Willie, at it again. Rah, Rah AMTRAK!
Now, crawl back under your rock with all the other Trolls.
Cars and jets go to a lot of place trains cannot. Trains are only useful in densly populated area. Almost all of Amtrak is FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED, the only profitable area is the Northeast Corridor. If America is serious about energy independence, and our survival depends on that, see my tagline.
Why not just use the nearly 300 year supply of oil we have inside the Continental US? No need to drill in the oceans, we have every drop we need for at least the next two and a half centuries (plenty of time to get a nuclear-based infrastructure going)...
And if YOU were serious about saving oil (rather than using what we have), you'd get off your dumb train kick and push vanpools (micro-transit) and hybrids, both of which are MUCH more fuel efficient than trains.
How about it, Willie? You want to stop using foreign oil? Then how about pushing to use the oil we have here (we have plenty, at costs lower than what we pay today), and pushing to reduce our consumption by using the lowest consumption solutions (vanpools and hybrids)?
One helluva lot of Americans who prefer personal freedom and mobility over being herded into government subsidized boxcars that only go places they don't want to go.
I do not know whether I should tell you this or not Willie, but, they had passenger trains long before they had automobiles. That was one reason that the automobile was developed, the trains were not working out. They are good for what they are good for and nothing else.
If Boehner was really serious about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, he would be pushing Karl Denninger’s suggestion of building new nuclear power plants on US military facilities in all fifty states, to be operated by the US Navy. Local NIMBYs and politically connected energy cartels could do absolutely nothing to stop it. It would cost a lot less than the bailouts.
blah blah blah TRAINS blah blah blah TRAINS
I like trains. If trains were not run by the government and therefore made sense, many more people would ride them. Plus goods would freighted on them more than they are. Trucks aren’t any faster than trains.
Many old tracks were ripped up. Train service used to go to many towns it no longer does.
Trains are sensible.