a reply to: mobiusmale
Hang on. Speed trains?
What market will that affect?
But you have to ask yourself the next question: 700,000 jobs for how long?
Constructing these railroads will create a lot of jobs... but for how long?
What cities would have this bullet train stop at?
You begin to think about the long term of this and you begin to see just what this will do to American industries.
What will be the pricing structure for these trains? As far as fares go. Will it mimic what they have been doing where they offer the service at a
discount to later raise the price similar to air fare costs?
I see this effectively taking away at least a few hundred thousand jobs.
You might ask about how it would affect the automotive industry. And the answer is quite simple: how many people do you know own at least 1 car?
A lot right?
How many of them travel at least a good 5 miles to work? Quite a few that I know of.
How many of them travel at least 50 miles?
Nobody you know?
What if they were now able to travel to another city to apply for a job via speed train?
Guess what... now you will have people favoring public transit over their own personal vehicle.
But there is a small percentage of people who will drive to another city for work.
My Co worker at another shop drives 33 miles from his ranch just to work at a wage of around 13 dollars an hour. He spends hundreds on gas every
*if a train could take him to and from a place nearby he would do it.
So you begin to see people putting their money into trains. This is just the bottom we are talking about.
Next up is the energy department. How much power do these trains need? How much do we generate? Are we capable of maintaining this power?
If you are thinking as far as I have you will begin to see pnm, and other energy companies suddenly screaming to scrounge up engineers to create a
means of generating enough power for these trains, and our country.
Say good bye to green energy. Pnm may just increase coal burning to a new high. And if they dail, or become too destructive then guess what? What are
we going to do for energy? Probably, and I am just guessing here: we would purchase a power plant from another country. Or use building plans similar
to China or Japan.
So just remember that this isn't truly adding jobs... it is actually taking away some of them in favor of creating "new" jobs. And it is 100% true.
They will be considered new jobs, but we should be asking.... how many jobs total will it raise in the us after it has taken away everything else over
Now airplanes.... guess what.... there goes about.... most of all your money. People will favor a cheaper mode of transportation if it is faster than
a bus, but less expensive than a plane. Adding this middle way might just bankrupt american, southwest, and united airlines.or maybe just one will
So... all of those jobs get replaced. So again these new jobs are awesome, but I see it creating a fluxuation in all of these industries.
Then finally busses.... I think they will become extinct. At least as far as greyhound is considered. The city busses will still be there but coach
rides across state borders may become completely diminished.
Though there may not be a lot of people required to run a nationwide travel by bus industry... it would still kill it off.
But this is my own hypothesis. And I am no scholar.
I think this would destabilize a lot of things inside of the us. Our taxes might even rise to the point of poverty becoming the new standard middle
class... and starvation being the new poor class.
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