High-speed rail will lower emissions

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 10:10 am

Re "Suburban growth studies make a case for high-speed rail project" (Viewpoints, Jan. 21): Bruce Maiman's perceptive article in support of California's high-speed rail project was refreshing. In addition to his fine points, there is another critical reason for a rail system: global warming. Once we accept the appalling consequences of global warming, automobile and air travel will need to be severely restricted because of their excessive carbon dioxide emissions. Long-distance car travel and short-distance flights, such as from San Francisco to Los Angeles, will be out of the question. Only rail provides efficient, fast, low-emissions travel. We should be planning for that right now, not trying to shoot down the governor's forward-looking plan.

-- Wayne R. Anderson, Sacramento

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