on Wed Mar 14 13:46:54 2012
So saith he via Twitter:
I don't even think that the Dems would go for such an executive order.
My 2nd Presidential order: Trains. Everywhere.
This kinda echoes a nutty narrative he made three years ago:
Moore seems to not realize that GM was never in the business of building passenger cars, although they did build diesel locomotives (but not in Detroitin LaGrange IL).
- Announce that we will have bullet trains criss-crossing this country in the next five years. Japan is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its first bullet train this year. Now they have dozens of them. Average speed: 165 mph. Average time a train is late: under 30 seconds. They have had these high speed trains for nearly five decades — and we don't even have one! The fact that the technology already exists for us to go from New York to L.A. in 17 hours by train, and that we haven't used it, is criminal. Let's hire the unemployed to build the new high speed lines all over the country. Chicago to Detroit in less than two hours. Miami to DC in under 7 hours. Denver to Dallas in five and a half. This can be done and done now.
- Initiate a program to put light rail mass transit lines in all our large and medium-sized cities. Build those trains in the GM factories. And hire local people everywhere to install and run this system.
- For people in rural areas not served by the train lines, have the GM plants produce energy efficient clean buses. . . .
And he does not seem to realize that as far as having the "unemployed" build HSR in some kind of twisted jobs program (the funding for which he fails to identify), the construction workers' unions would never, ever stand for something like that. He also got the average speed of most of the Shinkansen trains wrong . . . (so Chicago-Detroit would be 2:06 if you had a train with an average speed of 145 mph)