Well, that’s some bad news for the hopes and dreams of California Gov. Gavin Newsom and socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Newsom has been trying — and failing — to get a high-speed rail built between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ocasio-Cortez has been insisting we replace planes with a high-speed rail network all over America.
But on Thursday, the Trump Administration canceled almost $1 billion in federal dollars for Newsom’s high-speed rail project, according to FOX 11. On top of that, the White House is demanding that Newsom return the $2.5 billion he’s already accepted for the failed project.
The governor said back in February that he wouldn’t give the money back, but the federal government has threatened to force him to. Newsom said he’ll see the feds in court.
The Trump administration said it was taking back the money because the governor gave up on his San Francisco-to-L.A. dreams and was planning instead to build a shorter rail line between the much smaller, agricultural cities of Merced and Bakersfield.
The project has been a fiasco for years, and the pulling of federal funding is expected to kill it entirely.
The Federal Railroad Administration said it was taking back the $928 million because the state “has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the (2010) agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the project,” the Sacramento Bee reported.
In response, Newsom tried to imply that Trump’s move was racist, or at least, anti-immigrant.
“The Trump Administration’s action is illegal and a direct assault on California, our green infrastructure, and the thousands of Central Valley workers who are building this project,” the governor said. “Just as we have seen from the Trump Administration’s attacks on our clean air standards, our immigrant communities and in countless other areas, the Trump Administration is trying to exact political retribution on our state. “
This is also a blow for Ocasio-Cortez, who believes train travel is one of the keys to saving the planet.
In the documentation for her Green New Deal, with its estimated price tag of $93 trillion, she said she wanted to “get rid of farting cows and airplanes” as soon as possible and “build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.”