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    World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS

    November 12, 2019


    Welcome to TDC. This is our mini-documentary
    on the most ambitious, fascinating infrastructure Megaprojects of the near future. The rulers of the United Arab Emirates have
    insane amounts of money to spend. Thanks to everyone’s thirst for oil, they’ve been
    on a construction spree unlike any the world has ever seen for such a small country, investing
    in one ambitious infrastructure project after another. At one point, 24 percent of all the
    world’s construction cranes we in Dubai. Unfortunately, that was before the 2008-2009
    global financial meltdown, which led to much of the investment in the city drying up faster
    than the water on somebody who just got out of the pool at the Burj Khalifa. But the government
    insists that many of these projects have simply been delayed, and are putting their money
    where their mouth is with the recent approval of a $32 billion expansion of Dubai’s Al
    Maktoum International Airport that will break ground by the end of 2014. When complete,
    it’ll suddenly have the capacity to become the busiest airport in the world in both total
    passengers – at 220 million a year – and total cargo of 12 million annual tonnes of goods
    that can move through it–that’s almost 3 times more than what takes off from the
    runways of the world’s current leader, Hong Kong’s International Airport. It’s terminals
    will able to hold 100 of the massive new Airbus A380’s that are over 2/3ds of a football
    field long and cost $300 million a pop. The UAE’s Emirates airline already owns more
    of those planes than anyone else in the world. It’s the largest airline in the Middle East
    and will eventually move into the Al Maktoum airport to help jump start activity. The government’s
    plan is for the airfield to be the heartbeat of a city within the larger city of Dubai
    called World Central, which the UAE thinks will be home to 900,000 residents in the near
    future. The airport also hopes to be the central hub for the emerging Middle East, North African,
    and South Asian economic bloc known as MENASA. But time will tell whether the Shaikh’s
    vision for Dubai actually becomes a reality, or fades like some vicious mirage. This is Songdo International Business District,
    the world’s most futuristic urban area. It’s being built 40 miles southwest of the
    second-most populated city in the world, Seoul, South Korea. The $40 billion project is along
    the waterfront in the city of Incheon and is embracing two key concepts that urban planners
    are in love with: The first is Aerotropolis, which means the airport is integrated into
    the urban center instead of banishing it far outside of the city. This allows for shorter
    trips to and from the place that’s going to get you out of town–this’ll be an emerging
    pattern in 21st century planning as air travel continues to become accessible to more and
    more people in our increasingly interconnected world. Songdo is brilliantly directly connected
    to the airport via the 7-mile long Incheon bridge so you’ve just got a straight shot
    that gets you there in like 10 minutes that’s also got these incredible views and is the
    first thing visitors see coming into the city. The other key theme is Ubiquitous City, which
    is a uniquely Korean concept where every device, component, service is linked to an informational
    network through wireless computing technology, allowing for greater coordination and a more
    efficient and synchronized city than has ever been possible before. An example of this is
    Songdo’s trash system, which won’t rely on garbage trucks, because a network of tubes
    will suck in the garbage straight from the can and through a system of pipes, transport
    it efficiently to treatment facilities. Songdo’s so dedicated to being a model for sustainability
    that it has set aside 40% of its land area to be outdoor spaces like parks and it’ll
    become the first city in the world outside of the United States to achieve LEED certification,
    which is the highest energy consumption and waste standards possible with currently available
    technology. As a tip-of-the-hat to other great cities, Songdo will also incorporate replicas
    of New York’s Central Park and Venice’s historic canals. Overall, construction is
    currently half done. It already has 67,000 people living there studying and working at
    its many schools, including the foreign campuses of four American universities, but it’s
    struggled to attract Korean businesses as the government is refusing to give tax incentives
    for relocation, because that would create an unfair playing field favoring Songdo over
    other cities in the country. Still, if it stays squarely focused on the future, Songdo’s
    a long-term investment that’s likely to pay off. Nicaragua is about to embark on what may be
    the boldest and riskiest Megaproject in the history of the world. One that will change
    it forever. It’s going to build the biggest canal in the world . The $50 billion Nicaragua
    Grand Canal will cut the country in half to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific,
    running through the biggest lake in Central America. At 173-miles-long, it’ll dwarf
    the 120 mile-long Suez Canal in Egypt and directly compete with the Panama Canal 250
    miles to the south, through which more than 15,000 ships already pass each year. But in
    the coming years, many more ships full of goods and raw materials are going to try and
    pass back and forth from the Pacific to the Atlantic to connect Europe, Brazil and the
    Eastern Coast of the United States, with China and the rest of Asia. The story of how little six-million-man Nicaragua,
    the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is able to afford such an expensive
    project is a fascinating case study of globalization, and how capitalism is increasingly driving
    geopolitical decision-making. In June of last year, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s
    Sandanista party also controlled parliament and – without any real debate – gave a 50-year,
    no-bid contract to Chinese telecommunications magnate Wang Jing to build and manage the
    proposed canal. And, it just so happens that, also last year, according to a report in the
    LA Times, Wang hosted a number of Nicaraguan officials and businessmen on a trip to China,
    where the powerful and connected Wang supposedly flaunted his extreme wealth and was accompanied
    at all times by Chinese military officers and other high-ranking governmental officials.
    So, it’s tough to believe him when he insists that the Chinese government is not financially
    backing the project, especially when we already know that China is using state financed companies
    to buy more and more assets in the West. The opportunity to own the world’s most valuable
    shipping lane seems too tempting for the Chinese government to pass up. The supposedly democratic government of Nicaragua
    is using a page out of China’s playbook, by refusing to release any of the studies
    about the impacts of the canal until December 2014, the same month construction will begin.
    That’s because there is a loooong list of environmental and humanitarian concerns. The
    project will tear through countless ecosystems and communities, and rip into the source of
    much of the country’s fresh water, Lake Nicaragua. The residents whose land is on
    the canal route have received no word on what the government plans to do for them in terms
    of compensation and relocation. But, as easy as it is to criticize the way
    the project is being handled, it’s also fairly hypocritical of me, as an American,
    to mount a very convincing argument against the plan. Afterall, about a hundred years
    ago, US President Theodore Roosevelt basically took control of Panama and pushed through
    the canal there, a project that’s benefitted America time and time again, and has made
    Panama economically better off in the long run. But we’re not living in 1914… Now is the time of social media-fueled revolution,
    where images and video fly around the world instantly, empowering even the poorest locals
    to use the power of the global community to rally support for their cause and exert political
    pressure in unpredictable ways. So, what I’m saying is that it may have been easy for President
    Ortega see all that money flying around and secretly, singlehandedly approve a massively
    disruptive project like this, but when those bulldozers start tearing apart the countryside
    – and people’s homes – there’s probably going to be hell to pay for not consulting
    the voters at all. This could be shaping up to be another one of those important moments
    of struggle in world history between the powerful have’s and the have nots. On the one hand, you have the limitless funding
    of the Chinese who want that flag-in-the-dirt, statement-making moment for their country
    of staking a claim in the Americas. We know the canal would benefit corporations in the
    west through the shipping and trade benefits I outlined earlier. And with construction
    set to begin in Nicaragua next month – there doesn’t seem to be any stopping it from
    starting. But on the other hand, this thing is going
    to take six years at a minimum to finish, and if we’ve learned anything from recent
    history, it’s that a lot can happen in six weeks or six months, let alone six years. On a person-to-person basis, the United Arab
    Emirates has the biggest Ecological Footprint in the world thanks to its prolific oil production
    and the massive construction boom that’s been going on there for the last decade. So
    it’s surprising to learn that the UAE is home to Masdar–the world’s first zero-carbon,
    zero-waste city. To meet this ambitious goal, it’s powered only by renewable energy, like
    a 54-acre 88,000 panel solar farm beyond the cities’ walls. That’s right, I said walls.
    The designers studied ancient cities to learn the most effective planning methods to reduce
    energy consumption. One of the key things are walls that helps to keep the high, hot
    desert winds away from its inhabitants. They also raised the entire foundation of the site
    a few feet above the surrounding land to keep Masdar cooler and spaced the buildings much
    closer together to keep the streets and walkways narrow, and mostly in the shade. These techniques
    – combined with 130-foot wind towers that suck air from above and convert it into a
    cool breeze blowing on the street – mean Masdar is a comfortable 70 degrees fahrenheit when
    just a few meters away, the thermostat rises well above 100. Plus, there’s no driving
    in the city and any car that enters is parked at the outskirts. A system of driverless electric
    vehicles then ferry people from place to place underground, and a light rail system is also
    available above ground, which means there’s no need for streets. And in a move that cuts
    both water and electricity consumption more than half, there are no light switches or
    water taps–everything is controlled by movement sensors. This unprecedented level of environmental
    consciousness has won it hard-earned endorsements from environmental conservation groups like
    Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. The German engineering giant Siemens has located
    its Middle East headquarters there, as has the International Renewable Energy Agency.
    The Masdar Institute for Science and Technology – a small postgraduate university that was
    founded through a collaboration with MIT – occupies one of Masdar’s first completed buildings
    and is already producing great work and first-class researchers. So the city undeniably has a
    solid foundation, but it’s got a lot to do still if it’s going to meet its ambitious
    goal of housing 50,000 residents and hosting offices for 60,000 more commuters. The city’s
    co-founder admits that Masdar is “a fraction of what it was supposed to be back in 2006
    when we announced it. At the beginning of the project, nobody really anticipated how
    difficult it is to build a city.” This underscores the point many urban planners around the world
    have made: that we should be focused on making our existing cities more sustainable instead
    of building brand new ones. But even if Masdar only teaches us one or two major things about
    what’s possible when it comes to sustainable urban design – and it does seem like it’s
    already done that – then it’ll have been worth it, even if it takes much longer to
    achieve its overall vision, or if it ultimately fails. Because let’s be honest, the UAE
    was going to spend that $20 billion in oil revenue on something, so it’s better for
    everyone that its going to an important experiment like Masdar rather than another row of gold
    and marble crusted hotel skyscrapers or an electricity-sucking indoor snow park. This is the future–maglev trains. Japan’s
    all aboard. They’re spending a staggering $85 billion over the next 30 years to connect
    the island’s three largest cities: Tokyo to Nagoya to Osaka. That’s over three hundred
    miles that you’ll be able to cover in about 67 minutes by racing through the countryside
    at over 300 miles per hour. Maglev technology uses powerful magnetic charges to move rail
    cars that float several inches above a concrete guideway, rather than riding on steel wheels.
    This frictionless system allows for a smoother ride at significantly higher speeds than traditional
    high speed rail. In contrast, California’s planned high speed rail system that’ll eventually
    connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, will only be able to travel at top
    speeds of 220 mph, but its estimated overall cost is ten billion dollars less than the
    Japanese system and will cover a distance two and a half times as long. The Chinese
    city of Shanghai has had a short maglev line in operation since 2004, but the Japanese
    line is the world’s first intercity link to gain public approval. The project’s called
    Chuo Shinkansen – or as the Japanese refer to it, Rinia Mota Ka – and is a culmination
    of 40 years of Japanese maglev development that began with an unlikely partnership between
    Japan Airlines and Japanese National Railways. What’s really impressive about this project
    is that JR Central – the company that’s building the line – will finance the project
    without public money, thanks largely to the success of the bullet train it’s run from
    Tokyo to Osaka since the mid 1960’s. The company’s also pushing hard to construct
    a maglev line between the American capital city of Washington DC and New York, which
    would showcase the technology to the American market and the rest of the western world.
    The Japanese government has even offered to fully finance the 40 mile first leg of the
    US project from Baltimore to DC, a proposal Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directly pitched
    to President Barack Obama during a meeting last year. But critics of Maglev say the costs
    outweigh the benefits. Opponents have raised questions about the sheer monetary cost of
    the project, its environmental impact, and whether it is really needed. Tunnels will
    be blasted through some of Japan’s highest mountains to build the Chuo Shinkansen line.
    But regardless of what the critics say, something had to change. When the Maglev system is done
    it will help alleviate the overcrowding on Japan’s existing rail system and make it
    feasible for commuters into Tokyo to live further outside of the city than they can
    now. Many of the projects that we’ve profiled
    in our Megaprojects series have a real purpose for advancing society, or at least meeting
    the needs of a growing world economy. Then there’s Azerbaijan’s ridiculous Khazar
    Islands, a project that – despite all the progress in the world – is the perfect example
    of everything that’s still wrong with its power structure, but more on that in a moment.
    The creatively named Azerbaijan Tower will be the world’s tallest building, about 800
    feet taller than the current leader, the Burj Khalifa, and, insanely, twice as tall as the
    tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, New York’s One World Trade Center. The Freudian
    showpiece of the $100 billion project, Azerbaijan Tower will rise above the capital city, Baku,
    and will be surrounded by 55 artificial islands built in the Caspian Sea with land gathered
    by completely destroying a nearby mountain. There will also be at least eight hotels,
    a Formula One racetrack, a yacht club, and an airport. So basically, we’re talking
    about Donald Trump’s fantasy. Now, it’s one thing to build an over-the-top city like
    Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which is one of the most-developed places in the world,
    and a completely different thing for it to rise in Azerbaijan, which has a per capita
    GDP that’s not even ⅕ as much as the UAE. This madness is the brainchild of the billionaire
    developer Ibrahim Ibrahimov, who has extremely cozy ties with the corrupt government of the
    newly oil rich nation of Azerbaijan. Just how corrupt is Azerbaijan? In a 2012 report
    by watchdog group Transparency International that declared 2/3rds of the world’s countries
    “highly corrupt,” Azerbaijan’s Prez Ilham Aliyev stood out from the pack as the
    report’s infamous, “person of the year,” with untold amounts of money stashed in various
    locations around the world. But back to President Aliyev’s good buddy, Ibrahimov, who lazily
    came up with the tacky idea for the megaproject that’s basically a copy of Dubai’s island
    development and mega-tower while on a flight home from, you guessed it, Dubai. He argues
    that Khazer Islands will be home to 800,000 people, but doesn’t explain how those people
    will afford its expensive apartments. Instead of investing in the future by maybe funding
    a network of world class universities – which Azerbaijan isn’t even close to having – in
    a country that borders no ocean and produces no product that the rest of the world wants,
    besides oil, the government thinks its a good idea to build this. I doubt many of the nine
    million people of Azerbaijan think it’s a very good idea. In fact, in a possible sign
    of things to come, last year, Azerbaijanis in a city across the country, got so fed up
    with the corrupt regime, they rioted for two entire days. But look, the capital is doing
    some things right, Baku made Lonely Planet’s top ten ranking of the best nightlife spots
    in the world. I just wonder how much they paid to get on the list. No list of Megaprojects would be complete
    without including the largest-ever science project. The International Thermonuclear Experimental
    Reactor (or, ITER) is a collaboration between China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia,
    South Korea, and the United States that is under construction in Southern France where
    researchers will attempt to see if they can, essentially, recreate the power of the Sun
    and harness it in a steel bottle. Gas will be heated to over 150 million degrees in a
    massive steel frame using giant magnets that will force some atoms together. In this experimental
    reactor, the hope is to produce 10 times more energy than what is used to initiate the reaction,
    or the equivalent of 500 megawatts of power for 1,000 seconds. Although electricity won’t
    be generated at the ITER facility, a fusion power plant would use the heat generated to
    drive turbines and produce power. Unlike nuclear fission, which are what all nuclear power
    plants are today, fusion reactors should be completely safe, with no risk of a producing
    a runaway chain reaction and no dangerous long-living radioactive waste. The fact that
    nations who are competing in nearly every area of geopolitics and economics are coming
    together to collaborate on a $50 billion project is a sign that the science is incredibly promising
    and the potential benefits to humanity are profoundly game-changing. That’s why countries
    that represent half of the world’s population and account for 2/3ds of the global economy
    are participating: because solving fusion would mean prosperity for all, the closest
    thing to limitless energy we can fathom. This month, after the completion of the ground
    support structure which took four years to finish, the second phase of construction began:
    the walls of the seven-story building where the experiment will take place. But we’re
    still several years away from turning the thing on. The complex will make its first
    attempt to produce plasma in a fusion reaction in 2020, with regular operations beginning
    in 2027, 11 years behind schedule and over 40 years after the program was first initiated
    in 1985. But no matter how long, or how many tries it takes to get it right, the prospect,
    the hope of living in a world powered by this type of energy that we wouldn’t need to
    fight over, or pump out of the ground, that we wouldn’t need to burn, that wouldn’t
    harm our precious planet, that’s probably one of the most optimistic, hopeful ideas
    I’ve ever heard, and it’s definitely one worth waiting for. China is about halfway done building the largest
    expressway system in the world, and it’s done so at a feverish pace over the last 25
    years to keep up with the rise of the automobile as the country – and the world – has shifted
    away from a rail-based transportation system. The first expressway within the National Trunk
    Highway System, as it’s called, opened in 1988 and today, just 26 years later, the system
    is over 65,000 miles long. In the ten years since 2004, the network has tripled in length.
    Each year, China’s now building new expressways equivalent in length to the distance of going
    coast-to-coast and back in the United States. The Chinese system exceeded the total length
    of the US interstate highway system back in 2011. This crazy expansion has happened because
    the Chinese have embraced the car at a staggering pace. This next mind-blowing fact pretty much
    sums up this entire video: as the country’s middle class boomed and tens of millions of
    people suddenly could afford to buy cars, in the 20 years from 1985 to 2005, the number
    of passenger vehicles in China increased from 19,000 to 62 million cars on the road, that’s
    a mind-blowing increase of 323,000%. And that 62 million number is more than tripling to
    200 million by 2020. That’s why we’ve seen those stories that I thought were a joke
    the first time I read them, of traffic jams around Beijing stretching over 60 miles and
    lasting for 11 days. So this project is sorely needed simply for the country to function.
    When it’s finished, it will have cut total travel times between cities throughout the
    country, by half, on average. Overall the total cost of building the entire system is
    $240 billion dollars, that’s easily the biggest infrastructure project in human history,
    with $12 billion a year being invested through 2020. It’s been able to afford to do this
    without adding a national fuel tax because 95% of the system are toll roads owned by
    private, for-profit companies. This is a problem, as tolls are expensive at over 10 cents per
    mile…which is more than the cost of fuel itself. But regardless of how the roads are
    paid for, or whether, you drive on them in your gas or electric car, or ride in a self-driving
    car. The Chinese economy and quality of life of its people will be significantly better
    thanks to this ambitious project. It seems the whole country is embracing the Chinese
    saying, “Lutong Caiton,” wealth follows the extension of motorways. India faces one of the most challenging situations
    in the world. It has 1.2 billion people spread over a vast country. More than 350 million
    of whom will move into cities in the coming decade, which means some 500 new urban centers
    will need to be built from scratch. And even though India’s sheer size means that its
    economy ranks third in the world in purchasing power, overall, it’s relatively poor and
    underdeveloped. It’s also young. The average Indian is just 27 years old, compared to the
    average American, who’s a decade older. This means that most of the population is
    about to hit their prime working years—these are all people who need jobs to be created
    now. That’s why the government is embarking on the largest infrastructure project in Indian
    history: the $90 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, whose backbone will be a 920 mile
    long dedicated freight corridor, basically a set of multiple rail lines that will exist
    solely to move goods from the factories where they are produced to the sea and airports
    where they can be exported to market. It’s designed to cut the logistical costs of manufacturing
    goods to make India the cheapest place in the world for a company to build its stuff
    and – in turn – triple the amount of merchandise it exports from 2010 levels by 2017. Japan
    is the major partner behind the project because the Japanese economy is based on a technology
    industry that needs to build its products at the most competitive rates in the world.
    The overall effort will include a 4,000 MW power plant, and at least three brand new
    seaports and six airports. And all along the route, 24 new cities will spring up with each
    aiming to be superior to any existing Indian city in terms of the quality of infrastructure,
    planning, management, and services offered. With natural resources scarce – and climate
    change a concern of any good urban planner – the use of technology has been stressed
    to make sure this boom will be as clean and sustainable as possible. Roads are also a
    major part of the plan with thousands of miles of expressways planned to ease congestion.
    The project is a priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who entered office in 2014
    after leading his BJP party to a dominating win in the 2014 election, giving him a mandate
    to enact his vision for making India a global manufacturing superpower. It seems the Indians
    are attempting to follow a similar blueprint for success the Chinese put into action over
    the last 40 years. With a population nearly as big, Indians are rightly asking, why not
    us? If you were playing Sim City, you’d want
    to go about building your metropolis the same way the Saudi’s have with King Abdullah
    Economic City. And just like other great leaders of men, you’d probably name it after yourself
    too, which is exactly what King Abdullah did. You’d also focus on job-creating infrastructure
    and a dream university to attract the best and brightest. Saudi Arabia is the world’s
    dominant oil producer, and is a country that knows how to play the game. While its flashier
    neighbors like Abu Dhabi and Dubai get all the publicity for their megaprojects, the
    Kingdom is embarking on a far more ambitious project that’s focused squarely on creating
    the most cohesive, well-planned city in the Arab world. The $100 billion enterprise on
    the coast of the Red Sea is about an hour’s drive north of Jeddah, the second-largest
    city in Saudi Arabia, and plans to expand into an area about the size of Washington
    DC. That location is no coincidence, says Fahd Al Rasheed, the man who’s in charge
    of growing King Abdullah Economic City – which we’re going to shorten to just its initials,
    KAEC – “you’re talking about 24 percent of global trade going through the Red Sea,
    and this is a trend that’s never been addressed by a Red Sea port.” That’s why KAEC’s
    port is going to be massive, with an annual capacity of over ten million shipping containers,
    which would make it one of the busiest ports in the world. So cargo is KAEC’s first major
    transportation hub. The second is Haramain station, one of four stops on Saudi Arabia’s
    planned high speed rail network that will connect the new megacity to Jeddah, Makkah,
    and Madinah. This will bring thousands of visitors to KAEC right from it’s inception,
    with officials hoping that some will naturally take jobs and stay there, fueling its expansion.
    At first, the whole plan struggled to gain much traction with investors, “but,” says
    Al Rasheed, “then we reoriented ourselves towards building that demand, creating that
    support and it’s completely shifted. Now we have captive demand — all our apartments
    are full and we have waiting lists for hundreds of people, literally.”
    Part of that shift focused on KAEC’s Industrial Valley which is centered on a large petrochemical
    plant and has more than 70 companies lining up to set up bases there.
    And then there’s the cornerstone of any thriving city: a great university. Enter,
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology – which began instruction in 2009 with a staggering
    $20 billion endowment, making it the third best-funded university in the world behind
    Harvard and Yale. This capital injection has allowed it to lift off like a rocket in its
    first five years. It’s recruited some of the best talent from over 60 countries around
    the world–scientists who’ve carried the school to an eye-opening 99.9% research record
    score. The research teams at King Tech are advancing many important fields like solar
    cell technology and cancer therapy. It teaches in English and is the first mixed-gender university
    in the Kingdom. Plus, with just 1200 postgraduates on an 8,900 acre campus, there’s plenty
    of room to expand in every direction. With forty percent of Saudi Arabia’s citizens
    under 15 years old, the plan is for the megacity – by itself – to create upwards of a million
    jobs for all of those young people to grow into.
    In the end, it may be true that Saudi Arabia would be a bone-dry desert wasteland without
    it’s exploitation of the vast fields of black gold underneath it, but at least – in
    the twilight of his life – King Abdullah is doing all he can to set his people – and the
    rest of the world – on a slightly better path than the one they were on when he took over
    just nine years ago in 2005. And if that’s his legacy, he deserves to have a city named
    after him. Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoyed this
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    China High-Speed Rail So Popular, It’s Hurting Airline Industry
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    China High-Speed Rail So Popular, It’s Hurting Airline Industry

    October 14, 2019


    China’s high-speed rail is so popular
    that it is actually having an effect on the airline industry china Southern Airlines is the latest
    Chinese airline to post less than ideal 2013 results net profit
    dropped 24 percent and operating profit fell seventy
    percent they join air China where net profit dropped 32 percent in 2013 and China Eastern Airlines work fell by
    25 percent I’ll of high oil prices are a factor but the
    other thing is that China’s massive growth in high-speed rail is definitely affecting the airlines
    there and I’ve told this story in the US so many times when I’ve outlined the long list the
    barriers to real high speed rail development in the
    US one of them is the airline industry and the perfect example was when we were based in western
    Massachusetts flying out of Hartford airport to Washington DC this was a
    50-minute flight with the slow trains that we have it’s
    about seven-and-a-half for eight hours to take the train to
    Washington DC right now because a the one-hour one hour and 15 hour and a half that you
    have to arrive at the airport before flying combined with a 45 minute drive to the
    airport combined with then taking the subway
    into the city from the airport in Washington DC it
    made sense even at an increased cost for the most
    part to fly into Washington DC if the trains ran not even at outrageous
    speed data 150 160 170 miles per hour I would not consider lying to Washington
    DC from western Massachusetts any longer I
    would definitely choose train more convenient certainly a simpler security situation and it
    leaves me right in downtown Washington DC so that
    that we see it very clearly Louis there is a reason where the airline lobbyist will oppose
    high-speed rail development of course and probably oppose alternative
    alternative energy to you and yeah I you name it right locally China already
    has that infrastructure is already setup
    course a lotta European countries japan it’s they’re all set in that department and
    biz really no way to reverse it at this point and I can be at now attend I i envy it significantly I had a
    opportunity a couple of weeks ago the travel on some other French trains
    and it is just amazing that we are so behind when it comes to rail

    New Australian Train: 500 Miles in 2 Hours
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    New Australian Train: 500 Miles in 2 Hours

    October 14, 2019


    there’s a really fast train being
    designed in australia that would go from sydney to melbourne which is about like
    going from portland maine to baltimore maryland i dont that even really gives
    people a better frame of reference but in any case in about but two hours at a
    speed of about two hundred and fifty miles per hour the train is really
    really cool we have this picture appear of the interior this really is putting american trains
    to shame i mean it’s embarrassing lewis we we’ve been put to shame a long time
    ago just with the between system in europe will run some of this video we
    don’t need the audio on this but will just run the video to give you a sense
    of what the trend looks like and what kind of talk about it eight million people regularly travel
    between sydney and melbourne and this could save ten to twelve hours on the
    road which is just incredible and um… this is a by speaking of which
    this isn’t even close to the speed of the t g v which has a high speed of
    three hundred and fifty seven miles per hour this is looking at about two fifty why can’t we get it together allot of it
    is lobbying and we know that politicians in the midwest of the united states just aren’t interested in putting money
    into train development also i’ve talked about before the auto mobile an airline lobbies don’t
    want faster trains perfect example is awesome grid hartford to pc which is kind of the flight i’d take when i go to
    d_c_ but a fifteen minute flight because of the slow trains i’m looking
    at seven-and-a-half hours via train if we speed up the train such that it’s
    only a four hour trip i’m not gonna spend forty minutes writing to the
    airport an hour and fifteen minutes getting there before the flight to
    check-in possible delays blah blah blah blah blah very clearly we have a correlation between and driving to train speed and we have to assume the
    train about manufacturers are working enough held out

    The ‘great train robbery’
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    The ‘great train robbery’

    October 12, 2019


    >>>SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA, HIGH-SPEED RAIL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SUPPORTERS SAY IT WOULD REDUCE CONGESTION AND POLLUTION. THE REALITY IS MUCH MORE COMPLICATED AND THE CROWN JEWEL, CALIFORNIA’S BULLET TRAIN IS IN REAL TROUBLE. THIS ISN’T ONLY A CALIFORNIA STORY, THERE ARE BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS, YOUR MONEY, IN THE SYSTEM FOR THE PROMISE. KEEPING THEM HONEST. >>Reporter: FOR THE PAST DECADE, CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN THE TRUE HOPE FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL IN AMERICA. A VISION OF THE FUTURE THE REST OF THE U.S. WOULD CERTAINLY FOLLOW. BACKED BY A NEARLY 10 BILLION-DOLLAR CALIFORNIA BOND MEASURE PASSED FOUR YEARS AGO AND $3.5 BILLION OF YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS, THE IDEA WAS TO LINK THE TWO BIGGEST GOLDEN CITIES WITH A 200-MILE AN HOUR BULLET. WHICH IS WHY CALIFORNIANS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED IT, A BULLET TRAIN CONNECTING LOS ANGELES WITH SAN FRANCISCO IN A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO HOURS, BUT LIKE MANY HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET AND EVEN ONCE STAUNCH SUPPORTERS OF THIS RAIN ARE ASKING WHERE IS IT?>>I INTRODUCED AS STATE SEN TOMORROW THE FIRST BILL TO CREATE HIGH-SPEED RAIL IN CALIFORNIA. >>Reporter: WHEN WAS THAT?>>1992. >>Reporter: HE PUSHED IT BACK IN 1992 AND TRIED AGAIN IN 1996 AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGH-RAIL AUTHORITY. >>WE’RE ON OUR WAY. >>Reporter: IN 2008 RALLIED CALIFORNIA VOTERS TO BACK THE BOND MEASURE TO PAY FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL. SO A LOFTY GOAL, A GOAL THAT EVERYBODY THOUGHT WAS A GREAT IDEA, THE BOND MEASURE PASSED WITH TREMENDOUS SUPPORT. WHAT HAPPENED?>>OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE COLLAPSE OF THE PLAN TO RUN GENUINE HIGH-SPEED RAIL. I CALL IT THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY. >>Reporter: THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY WITH MILLIONS ALREADY SPENT, BILLIONS PLEDGED, THE RESULT IN CALIFORNIA HAS SO FAR AMOUNTED TO, WELL, NOTHING. HIS VISION OF BOREDING A TRAIN IN CALIFORNIA AND STEPS OFF IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES TURNED INTO A BLENDED SYSTEM, SHARING TRACKS, GOING SOME PARTS FAST, SOME PARTS SLOW BUT NOT TRUE HIGH-SPEED RAIL AND CERTAINLY NOT WHAT CALIFORNIANS VOTED FOR AND REMEMBER, THAT’S YOUR MONEY YOU THE TAXPAYER ARE ALSO ALONG FOR THIS RIDE. >>WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IS A VISION FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL IN AMERICA. >>Reporter: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN THE PUSH TO BUILD HIGH-SPEED RAIL HAS GIVEN CALIFORNIA 3.5 BILLION FEDERAL DOLLARS. >>AS U.S. TAXPAYERS AND CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS, ARE WE GETTING RIPPED OFF? HOW ARE THEY GETTING AWAY WITH THIS?>>UNDER THIS PLAN, WE’RE GETTING RIPPED OFF, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. >>Reporter: EARLIER THIS YEAR WE ASKED OUT GOING TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LA HOOD WHERE IS THE HIGH SPEED RAIL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SPENT $12 BILLION SUPPORTING. HE TOLD US, IT’S COMING. >>I’M WONDERING AFTER FOUR YEARS AND $12 BILLION SPENT IF YOU’RE DISAPPOINTED AT WHERE THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL IS. WHERE IS THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL. >>THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL, IN FOUR YEARS, WE’VE INVESTED $12 BILLION. THAT’S JUST THE FEDERAL MONEY. THAT DOESN’T COUNT ANY OF THE OTHER MONEY THAT’S BEEN INVESTED IN CALIFORNIA. THE ASSEMBLY JUST PASSED TO SELL BONDS WORTH $10 BILLION AND SOON IN CALIFORNIA, THEY WILL BE TURNING A SPADE OF DIRT AND STARTING TO BUILD THEIR HIGH-SPEED RAIL. IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WE’LL HAVE TRAINS GOING 200 MILES AN HOUR. >>Reporter: WHEN?>>AS SOON AS WE CAN GET THE KIND OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE STARTED AND IT’S STARTING. >>Reporter: THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE DID GIVE A LUKEWARM ENDORSEMENT TO THE PROJECT BUT RAISED RED FLAGS THAT COST ESTIMATES COULD BE IMPROVED, WARNING THE PROJECT FACES FUNDING UNCERTAINTY. WE WANTED TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN OF CALIFORNIA’S HIGH SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY HOW SOON AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HOW REALISTIC IS IT THAT CALIFORNIA WILL ACTUALLY FINISH WHAT IT HASN’T EVEN BEGUN? BUT THE CHAIRMAN, DAN RICHARD HAS STOPPED GIVING INTERVIEWS TO CNN. HIS STAFF TOLD US THEY DON’T LIKE THE TONE OF OUR REPORTS. THEY DID SEND A STATEMENT SAYING CALIFORNIA’S HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROGRAM IS MOVING FORWARD WITH A COST EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT PLAN THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATURE. THE STATEMENT GOES ON TO SAY WE LOOK FORWARD TO BREAKING GROUND THIS SUMMER AND BEGIN CREATING THOUSANDS OF JOBS, BUT IN FEBRUARY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY, DAN RICHARD, DID HAVE TO ANSWER IN PERSON TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE, WHICH IS GROWING MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PLAN AND THE APARENT LACK OF MONEY THAT’S GOING TO FINISH WHAT’S ESTIMATED TO BE A $68 BILLION JOB. HE SAID TRUST ME. >>WE DON’T HAVE ANSWERS FOR YOU, BUT WE DO HAVE A MIND SET OF LOOKING AT ALL OF THESE THINGS. IT WILL BE A SERIES OF 10% SOLUTIONS. IT WON’T BE A SILVER BULLET. >>Reporter: NO SILVER BULLET AND IF FORMER SUP ER SUPPORTERS RIGHT, NO BULLET TRAIN. DREW GRIFFIN, CNN SAN FRANCISCO.>>THE HIGH SPEED RAIL, AT LEAST THE FIRST PART WAS SUPPOSED TO BREAK GROUND AS YOU SAW IN THAT STATEMENT THIS SUMMER. WELL SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE, A WEEK AWAY, THE GROUND BREAKING DAY PUSHED BACK UNTIL LATE LAST MONTH. THERE IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY STILL AND THIS IS AFTER YEARS OF PLANNING. A LAWSUIT UNDERWAY IN CALIFORNIA SAYS THE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN IS SO FAR REMOVED FROM WHAT THE VOTERS OKAYED, T

    Trump voter: We’ve got a crazy man driving the train
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    Trump voter: We’ve got a crazy man driving the train

    September 10, 2019


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    China Wants To Build Underwater Train To America

    September 7, 2019


    China can do a lot of things but America
    unused a new who I guess proposal without but China wants to build and underground train to America underwater
    travel could be the next frontier up
    international travel if these futurists or dove you know find
    their way and the whole idea is a state-run
    Chinese news outlet said basically think they’re proposing
    running China Russia Canada America Line that would be 8 thousand miles long 1800
    miles long and the trans-siberian railroad the tunnel that you know China would
    help poor beneath ICC’s will be four times the
    length traverse for the English Channel now everybody in tiny thing to do this but
    the rest the world like I’ll I don’t know what their nano I’m with the rest of the world but baby
    I’m a skeptic we see each other P happen before people
    wouldn’t believe we could do a lot of things okay people
    never believed when they built Penn Station in New York
    City they get extra credit on all under the Hudson River that could
    connect New Jersey and New York underground right people
    believe that could happen and how look it happen yes it did so this is indeed possible that this
    thing could happen arm but it will be one astonishing rail construction costing us truly I’m
    and I’m assuming that cost the price tag was in the trillions of dollars arm now where the Chinese will embark on
    this astonishing road construction and nobody knows but they’re laying down ten thousand
    there are already laying down tens of thousands a tracks hi sry let’s all across the
    country which and I had to get on my bandwagon here I he to get on my high horse but I must America we want to continue being the
    world’s economy can we please hi bag build some
    high-speed rail lines China got on Japan gotta India getting ready to get out Europe
    have them us train right train lines stock in the
    dark ages come on y’all we get them we will in washington to do something profound do something astonishing do something
    remarkable how bennett do we have to get by the
    theater she meant when it comes to high-speed well creates jobs grows our economy awesomesauce getting to New you getting
    from she usually get from Chicago teed watch for to from Chicago to Washington
    Carver New York n and hour-and-a-half be a high-speed
    rail that’s happening all across the world why can’t it happen fear I just don’t
    understand I’m preaching to the choir getting up my
    high horse now well home