Friday, April 27, 2007


More Maglev Madness

Japan’s maglev train, which has been in development roughly since Moses parted the Red Sea, is supposed to start commercial operation in 2025, announced Central Japan Railway. Why 2025? My guess is that it’s a nice number that’s not so far off as “next century,” which would make everyone lose hope in a glorious technological future, but far enough away so that people don’t start queuing up to buy tickets.

With energy now rising in cost on a nearly daily basis, who in their right mind believes this electricity-gobbling monster will become a reality? Like hydrogen-powered cars and other toys, this is just stringing the public along while a few companies gorge themselves at the public trough.

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