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There are two things that should come as no surprise to anyone reading this blog. First, Californians support high speed rail. Second, Ralph Vartabedian does not. Vartabedian has a rather whiny article up at the LA Times today complaining that high speed rail is not a factor in this fall’s statewide election: Neither Brown nor […]

Oct 28th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

A few years ago it looked likely that we could see oil at $200 a barrel in 2015. Today, prices are rapidly falling, with Goldman Sachs now predicting oil will crash to $70/bbl in 2015. What’s going on? Are we out of the woods of high oil prices? Hardly. This is a temporary respite that, […]

Oct 27th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

CNR Corporation, a state-owned enterprise of the Chinese government, is planning to pitch California on purchasing its high speed trains: CNR, its unit Tangshan Railway and U.S.-based SunGroup USA are submitting an expression of interest to California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project for a contract to supply up to 95 trains that can travel as […]

Oct 22nd, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

Having been resoundingly beaten in the courts once again, opponents of the California high speed rail project are now shifting their attention to another part of the project in hopes they can derail it. Their new claim is that the route from Bakersfield to Tehachapi Pass is too steep: A grassroots group of Central Valley […]

Oct 19th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized