Choo-choo trains for passengers is a dream of the Left worldwide, in large part because it allows the state or monopolistic company to control where you go and when. Oh, there are some who just hate the suburbs and cars and anyone who doesn’t dream of living in a dense urban core—i.e. the people that suburban and exurban denizens want to avoid by living in suburbs and exurbs—but for the most part it is about achieving “social justice” or “environmental justice” no matter how much of a boondoggle it becomes.
It certainly not responding to the actual desires and wants of where people choose to live or what method of conveyance they prefer. After all, if people really wanted to use high speed rail over short airline flights, there wouldn’t be any ban on the said short airline flights like has been approved in France.
“French lawmakers voted late on Saturday to abolish domestic flights on routes than can be covered by train in under two-and-a-half hours, as the government seeks to lower carbon emissions even as the air travel industry reels from the global pandemic.
“The measure is part of a broader climate bill that aims to cut French carbon emissions by 40% in 2030 from 1990 levels, though activists accuse President Emmanuel Macron of watering down earlier promises in the draft legislation.”
Even that isn’t enough for some.
“Some environmental campaigners have said the bill does not go far enough. A citizens’ climate forum established by Macron to help shape climate policy had called for the scrapping of flights on routes where the train journey is less than 4 hours.”
What transportation will they ban next after short and convenient flights?