Rail transport is much more fuel efficient than truck

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Unformatted text preview: eaner form of trans- portation than car or air travel, emitting less global warming pollution and less health-threatening air pollution. Building a high-speed rail network in the Midwest would attract passengers who otherwise would have taken cars or planes, thereby reducing global warming emissions and cleaning up our air. Modernizing our tracks would also benefit freight trains, taking large trucks off of highways and adding to the environmental and health benefits of investment in rail. Passenger rail already emits less global warming pollution than cars or planes, and these savings will increase as the United States develops a high-speed rail network. A Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)/ Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) study showed that today, passenger rail travel emits 60 percent less carbon di- oxide per passenger mile then cars and 66 percent less than planes. The faster diesel trains that would likely be used to upgrade current service would emit slightly more emissions, but would still emit much less than cars and planes and would draw more passengers than current passenger rail.52 (See Figure 3.) Electric trains show the most potential for global warming emission...
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2013 for the course PHILOSOPHY 303m taught by Professor Tye during the Fall '12 term at University of Texas.

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