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Unformatted text preview: ilroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak is a
government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971, to provide intercity passenger
train service in the United States (Wikipedia)
Annual. Annual is every year. For example, if you have a subscription to an annual magazine you will
receive that magazine once a year.
Anthropogenic. Anthropogenic means it is caused by humans. In context, anthropogenic warming is
warming caused by humans.
Appropriation. An appropriation is the amount of money that is made available for a specifi c
purpose. For example, Congress could appropriate $1 billion to develop new railroads.
Climate change. “Climate change” refers to the total average change in the earth’s climate that is
due to human influence, particular the burning of fossil fuels (prim arily coal and oil)
Commuter. Many people live outside large American cities and take local trains to work. These
people are referred to as commuters.
Competitiveness. Competitiveness refers to the ability of the United States to compete economically
by being able to sell goods at affordable prices, particularly prices that lower than companies from
other countries. Competiveness refers to the quality of the goods.
Coral reef. Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals.
Coral reefs are colonies of tiny living animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most
coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. The
polyps are like tiny sea anemones, to which they are closely related.
Domestic. Domestic refers to within the United States. The term is contracted to “foreign,” which
means outside the United States.
Depression. A depression is a severe economic downturn that lasts for many years.
Electricity grid. The electricity grid is the power stations and power lines that supply electricity
throughout the country.
Electrification. Electrification refers to making rail tracks capable of supporting trains that run on
electricity. 2|Page High Speed Rail Negative BDL
Glossary Export. When goods are sold and shipped abroad they are exported.
Federal. Federal refers to a government structure. In the United States, the federal government is the
central governing body of the United States.
Freight. Freight is goods that are transferred on things like rail, boats, and airplanes
Global warming. Global warming is another term for climate change.
Great Power. Great Powers are the major, most powerful countries on Earth. The US, China, and
Russia are currently great powers.
Indisputable. Indisputable means that something is true and that the truth cannot be refuted.
Intercity. Between cities
Manufacturing. Manufacturing is the production of goods.
Monopoly. A monopoly is an entity that has complete control.
Oil dependence. Oil dependence refers to the idea that a country needs to import its oil in order to
have enough to meet the domestic demand for oil.
Revenue. Revenue is mon...
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