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January 27, 2012 10:41 AM Subscribe
Does California need the high-speed rail project? The New York Times
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published six opinion pieces debating the merits of the $90 billion high-speed rail plan that would connect Los Angeles to San Francisco. Streetsblog has a summary of the six opinions.
Gov. Brown of California strongly supports the plan
, stating “Critics of the high-speed rail project abound, as they often do when something of this magnitude is proposed,” adding: “The Panama Canal was for years thought to be impractical, and Benjamin Disraeli himself said of the Suez Canal, ‘Totally impossible to be carried out.’ The critics were wrong then, and they’re wrong now.”
President Obama's plan to bring bullet trains to the U.S. has been stymied by Republicans in Congress, but Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and even Ron Paul are on record for supporting the idea of an American high-speed rail network
, though not necessarily this plan.
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