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George Skelton wonders this week if Donald Trump might be the best hope for California high speed rail: Clinton — endorsed by Brown before the California primary — also supports high-speed rail. But as president, she would have virtually no chance of persuading a Republican-controlled House to spend money on a blue state bullet train. […]

Jul 27th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

In this new video from the California High Speed Rail Authority, you can see six months of progress on the HSR project in just six minutes: Quite a lot of work has been done. Even as the debates over HSR funding continue, even as some dead-enders still think they can kill the project, it’s good […]

Jul 20th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized

Not only is the Hyperloop a fantasy idea with severe technical and political impediments to ever getting built – the main company working on the project is facing major lawsuits alleging the company is rife with “nepotism, waste, and assault”: How the relationship between the leading investor and the founding chief executive of Hyperloop Technologies […]

Jul 14th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Ever since the weak May auction for California’s cap-and-trade permits, the discussion in Sacramento about how to save and extend the program has gone into overdrive. First, a quick refresher. There is some debate about whether the cap-and-trade system needs new legislation to continue operating beyond 2020 – and whether that new legislation requires a […]

Jul 12th, 2016 | Filed under Uncategorized