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Unformatted text preview: and rise to the challenge of making true high speed rail a national priority .} (1AC) A new and improved rail system built around electric fuel efficiency massively
increases passenger demand, offsetting oil dependence from key transportation
Ridlington & Kerth et al, policy analysts w/ the Frontier Group, environmental think tank in affiliation with
the Public Interest Network, Fall 2010 [Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group – Elizabeth & Rob, Brian Imus
& Bruce Speight, WISPIRG Foundation “Connecting the Midwest, - How a Faster Passenger Rail Network Could
Speed Travel and Boost the Economy,” Accessed 6/1/12] SM
Cars and airplanes are almost exclusively powered by oil—increasing America’s de- pendence on a limited supply of
fossil fuel largely controlled by other nations. Spikes in oil prices in recent years have had dra- matic affects on Americans’ willingness to
drive or fly to their destinations. Expand- ing and improving passenger rail service can reduce the...
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