We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Too bad the author conceded any part of the country to HSR. It doesn't work in the NE corridor either. And the market has provided a viable answer: buses. Buses from DC to NYC have become extremely popular, and are very affordable. All w/o gov't subsidies.
We knew already that the ethanol in most gasoline actually adds to the carbon footprint, but this bit was new to me:
"When ethanol is burned through combustion, it produces emissions that are substantially higher than gasoline in aldehydes, the carcinogenic precursors to ozone."
Use of cellulosic ethanol has the potential to make ethanol as a motor fuel greener than gasoline in carbon footprint. I think that the knowledge of the aldehides problem is step-one in fixing it.
It is discouraging, however, that in our zeal to reduce the release of carbon dioxide, our substitute motor fuels lead to more emissions of pollutants that have real measurable effect on human health.
Douglas 2 ... I'm not at all worried about carbon dioxide releases, maybe because I know that you and I, and Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and Hillary CVlinton as well as all other airbreathing mammals are each of us little carbon dioxide generators, every time we breathe out. As a matter of fact, when busybody environmentalists come up on my porch and offer to tell me how to save the environment, I suggest that they stop breathing -- out, that is.
Douglas, peruse the website that bit of "information" came from and you will find that it is dedicated to promoting organic by making hysterical claims about what the food we eat is doing to us. It also is anti-corporate agriculture, which is not so subtle code for "we want to go back to the days when it took one-third of the workforce to produce food for the other two-thirds." Besides, the global warming crowd has already blamed animal agriculture for being a major contributor to their pet problem, meaning if we went back to farming with horses and having to milk twice as many cows to get the same amount of milk we would actually be speeding up the demise of mankind.