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Unformatted text preview: s of freight will be moved to and from major metropolitan regions in 2035.15 Our
transportation system is simply not up to the task. ) Internal: Access to States Key to Free Trade
Transportation reliance on oil and cards creates a trade imbalance
BAF, 2011 (“Falling Apart and Falling Behind”; FAS) pg.19
(Our continued dependence on imported fuel is one of the leading culprits of our trade imbalance: More than half of
the U.S. trade deficit can be attributed to petroleum imports.12 In 2009, Americans wasted 4.8 billion hours sitting
in traffic, at a cost of $115 billion and 3.9 billion wasted gallons of fuel13—more than one-sixth the amount of oil
imported annually from the Persian Gulf.14 Thus, our heavy reliance on cars— and the oil they run on—has grave
implications for our national security. ) High-speed rail requires increased trade
Cable, Senior Editor, IndustryWeek at Penton Media, June 22, 2011 (Josh, “High-Speed Rail: Mixed Signals”,
http://www.industryweek.com/articles/high-speed_rail_mixed_signals_24853.aspx?ShowAll=1, Accessed 7/2/12)
Kunz notes that most...
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