In this blog, I intend to write my thoughts on things happening around me, the news I see in the TV, something I read or anything that captures my attention. I will try to avoid the effect of everyday ups and downs of my personal life on the contents of the blog.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

US must re-build railways

At the beginning of the 20th century USA had a fairly good railway system which if left to grow would have given a good balance of trasportation options to the nation. Like many other capitalistic strategies the railways was bough and deliberately left to rot to death by the automobile masterminds. (http://www.culturechange.org/issue10/taken-for-a-ride.htm)

The death of railways and rapid growth of auto industry provided good employment opportunities and an excellent highway system. This also led to the dependency of the county on petroleum. Now it is in a state where without petroleum the country will come to a grinding halt and it will be chaos. Except for the big cities which has commuter railways the whole country runs on gas. Almost every person has a car without which it is next to impossible for anyone to go to work, school, go to buy grocery, etc. Even transportation of freight is much dependant on roadways than the rudimentary railway network. It's very late in the game that this nation has woken up from its ignorance on fuel efficiency and environmental pollution. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transportation_in_the_United_States, http://www.lovearth.net/gmdeliberatelydestroyed.htm)

For different reasons the U.S. has not tapped its fuel deposits instead worked extra time on importing oil from other countries. With their great dependance on oil they are forced to go to any lenght to get oil into their country.

It is high time they must think of rebuilding their railway system and providing an alternative to the fuel guzzling automobiles used extensively across. It's apalling to see the most advanced and powerful nation have such a slim railway network.

It's never too late to change for the better...