Progressive California Gov. Gavin Newsom just sent Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez’ (D-N.Y.) high-speed rail plan hurting off the twisting trestle and into the abyss below.
Part of Ocasio-Cortez’ vaunted Green New Deal involved getting rid of our current fleet of airplanes — because they burn fossil fuels — and replacing the need for air travel with a vast network of rails for high-speed trains.
The overview for her plan clearly states: “Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”
The FAQ for her plan adds that, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast….”
On Tuesday, though, Newsom put a huge damper on her plans by announcing during his State of the State address that the state with — by far — the biggest economy in the country couldn’t afford to complete the one high-speed rail line that they’ve been trying to construct for years.
Newsom said that the planned Los Angeles to San Francisco high-speed rail line “would cost too much and respectfully take too long” to construct with its estimated price tag of $77 billion and estimated completion time of 2033.
"Let's be real," he said.
Ocasio-Cortez, by comparison, has been advocating for a nationwide high-speed rail network by 2029.
The California governor is planning for one section of the railway to be completed between Merced and Bakersfield, a distance of just over 160 miles. Ocasio-Cortez’ dream would likely require tens of thousands of miles of new track laid in order to allow high-speed trains to travel to every metropolitan area — big and small — in the U.S.
“Right now, there simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.,” Newsom added, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I wish there were."
The governor was unwilling to cancel the California railway project entirely because “Abandoning the high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions and billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises... and lawsuits to show for it.”
His words sounded like an eerie foreshadowing of a future America under the Green New Deal.