August 15th 2018 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – Subways Across America? –
I haven’t invested in Tesla Incorporated, because of their prospective, “self driving cars.”
How do you feel about your life, in the hands of an Ai chauffeur? And furthermore, what are the implications of, “self driving vehicles?”
That is to say… how will Tesla’s self driving cars, operate through; rain, snow, or ice? And why not just build trains instead? What’s the difference between subway systems and automated vehicles?
Train tracks often corrode and deteriorate, leaving subways in a constant state of maintenance…. but what about bullet trains? (*Bullet trains operate on magnets, creating less of a need for re-occurring maintenance.) And ultimately, what’s the difference between automated cars, snailing along an icy road, at say 10mph (due to legal liability), as opposed to trains, which could operate much faster, especially in adverse weather conditions? Because I believe that a nationwide train system, could be much more cost effective, than the cost of petroleum imports, as well as self driving cars.
But that issue, falls into a long line of debates, immersed in the kind of political corruption, afore-mentioned during the Occupy Wall Street protests (circa 2011). Which is why I now believe, that America’s mass transit system, perhaps more than any other issue, encapsulates the very concept of micro-economies and iron triangle politics, tied to Detroit automakers and the petroleum industry abroad.
Simply put, I don’t want to speculate on the history of America’s transit system, but…… “why did we go away from trains, in favor of un-safe automobiles, in the first place?” Because I believe that Petroleum imports alone, could more than double the cost of a nation-wide train, or subway system, even if they required constant maintenance. (In 2017, the United States imported approximately 10.14 million barrels of petroleum per day (MMb/d) from about 84 countries. Petroleum includes; crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids, refined petroleum products such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and bio-fuels including ethanol and bio-diesel. Oct 3, 2018. *Statistical update link.) So, as opposed to modernized, “automated vehicles,” why not just build trains instead? And is funding, or track maintenance, really the issue…
But again, being 32 years old, growing up in Detroit, hearing the rumors of corruption for decades… I can merely speculate.
Needless to say, I think there are powers that be, whom simply seek to keep the masses divided, via mass transit. This is my opinion, but I believe that the real reason we have highways, which rely so heavily on petroleum imports, as opposed to trains, is due to corruption. Furthermore, I believe the real reason our state and federal government’s don’t build larger subway systems, is because of public schools.
I think that there are leaders in this country, whom recognize subway systems over value petroleum imports…… but also, quite simply don’t want people in poorer school districts, to be able to commute to richer public schools. In conclusion, I feel this way because in comparison to petroleum imports, the issue of bullet trains and subway systems, as opposed to self driving and automated vehicles, is clearly not a financial issue…
-William Larsen, Civilians News