Almanac

Viewpoint - January 20, 2010

Letter: Unwanted consequences of high-speed rail

A report from researchers at Cal Berkeley points out that all is not peaches and cream when looking at high-speed rail vs. other transportation modes.

The researchers discovered that while high-speed rail may lower energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions per trip, the current electricity mix in California means that it can create more sulphur dioxide emissions, leading to environmental acidification and human health issues.

California's high-speed rail project has been promoted on many fronts. Now we can see that even with fuel savings, there are other unwanted effects.

Morris Brown

Stone Pine Lane, Menlo Park

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