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Unformatted text preview: day. The transport sector generates around 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is also one of the sectors most vulnerable to climate change impacts. [____] 40% of climate change is due to electricity production Low Impact Living, 2012 (“The Power Behind Our Lives,” http://www.lowimpactliving.com/pages/your-impacts/electricity1) The primary environmental impact of electricity consumption is the production of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. In 2004, 40% of the US total emissions of greenhouse gases was from electricity generation2, and 35% of this was from residential use (higher than the electricity-related greenhouse gases from either industrial or commercial use). Doing the math, this means that the electricity that we consume in our houses represents almost 15% of the US total greenhouse gas emissions. 13 | P a g e High Speed Rail Negative BDL No Solvency – Competitiveness [____] [____] No economy solvency – high speed rail is not net economic grain The America Interest, 2012 (May 20, http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/05/20/new-high-speed-rail-fail-in-uk/ “New High Speed Rail Fail in UK?”) A high profile plan for a high speed rail link between London and England’s rustbelt in the north is running into trouble. The roughly $50 billion line is backed by those who hope it will boost incomes and business in northern English cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The trouble is that the harder the British stare at the economic impact of the proposed rail line, the less useful it looks — and the more it looks like a huge white elephant of a development project that will never break even. The early calculations of the cost-benefit ratio of the project predicted that every dollar (actually, pound, but the ratios are the same) spent would yield $2.4 in economic benefits. The latest figures cut that ratio in half; there have been four revisions of the rosy figures first proposed, and every new look has reduced the likely benefits . 14 | P a g e High Speed Rail Negative BDL No Solvency – Competitiveness – China Example [____] [____] High speed rail has been a failure in China Huffington Post, 2012 (August 12, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/12/chinas-high-speed-railnetwork_n_925260.html) China's infatuation with high-speed rail soured at bullet train velocity. Six months ago, the rail network was a success symbol and the basis of a planned high-tech export industry. But after a July crash that killed 40 people, Beijing has suspended new construction and is recalling problem plagued trains, raising questions about the future of such prestige projects. It was an extraordinary reversal for a project that once enjoyed political status on a level with China's manned space program. High-speed rail has been, along with nuclear power, among an array of areas where critics warn that breakneck, government-driven development might be jeopardizing public safety and adding to financial risks. 15 | P a g e Hig...
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