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No kidding. It seemed like he was telling us to go get a horse.

or a bicycle, a horse is quite polluting too.
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No kidding. It seemed like he was telling us to go get a horse.

My horse is amazing...
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Power consumption is literally not a problem if we move to renewable resources. Solar is entirely free beyond maintenance once purchased and installed.

Rocket fuel is a bit less renewable, but I’m more upset by wasting crude oil by the tanker on disposable plastic nonsense than on the occasional rocket launch. Even then I don’t think hydrocarbons are typical. Nitrogen compounds and liquid oxygen/hydrogen are pretty good for that.

That "if" would be the first big question. Also a 10 mile vacuum tube that can handle a car type thing going through it isn't going to be cheap or easy. The probability of failure of any section has to be exceedingly low for the likelihood of the whole ten miles to be good for any extended duration of time. It could be done, but at very high effort and cost. At what point do we just move the buildings to the privileged few to reduce their travel time? You know, with a floating on rockets city kind of like in Bioshock 3, but more wasteful, you could step out your door almost right at work while walking in the clouds. To heck with waiting in line for hours to be one of a few dirty, cramped dozen to ride the tunnel car that day, bring the world to your doorstep. It's like the Milwaukee streetcar but worse. We don't even have the funds to keep the roads in good repair and make too many roundabouts much less pursue future fantasies.

Maybe it won't be in a vacuum, or fast, or run very frequently and maybe the feds won't pick up the tab somewhere along the way. But then it would just be a lousy train in an inconvenient spot.
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No kidding. It seemed like he was telling us to go get a horse.

Yes, what epic1337 said. A bike would be nice. How many miles of bike trail could be made for that price? Even Japanese bikes from the late 70s and early 80s are still quite nice. This summer I've seen deer and an eagle on my bike rides. Here's a pic from one of them:
Of course there are some horse farms along that way too.

Or a nice car could be good as well. You could drive it on almost any road.
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I'm wondering if some of you know what "go get a horse" was referring to. Back when automobiles were first came out, they were not popular with the public, especially in rural areas, because it was believed they were not practical and had no future. A common taunt of derision from the skeptics of the new technology made to operators of the new fangled horseless carriages was, "Go get a horse." Curiously enough, it was used when I was a child back in nineteen-none-of-your-business to taunt someone driving an old, poorly running junker.
     
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I'm wondering if some of you know what "go get a horse" was referring to. Back when automobiles were first came out, they were not popular with the public, especially in rural areas, because it was believed they were not practical and had no future. A common taunt of derision from the skeptics of the new technology made to operators of the new fangled horseless carriages was, "Go get a horse." Curiously enough, it was used when I was a child back in nineteen-none-of-your-business to taunt someone driving an old, poorly running junker.

That is interesting and all, but that 10 mile test track is going to be close to the cost of one to several thousands of miles of highway. http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/18/baltimore-dc-maglev-train-costs https://www.thoughtco.com/rail-transit-projects-costs-2798796
I'm assuming that the mag lev vacuum tube deep in the ground train will cost significantly more than the mag lev outside train.
Maybe in the future when gov has enough money to pay it's debts off then we can afford such fancies. But now, the gov can't even maintain its current levels of debt.

Ignoring fiscal realities and pretending that we can have everything we can imagine and have our children pay later is irresponsible.
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we'll solve the pollution problem
the energy problem

we always do

the biggest problem right now is not enough money being put into science and making scientists to solve those problems.

if we put in $10 trillion a year in the world into medical research, we can solve most diseases in a decade.
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I'm wondering if some of you know what "go get a horse" was referring to. Back when automobiles were first came out, they were not popular with the public, especially in rural areas, because it was believed they were not practical and had no future. A common taunt of derision from the skeptics of the new technology made to operators of the new fangled horseless carriages was, "Go get a horse." Curiously enough, it was used when I was a child back in nineteen-none-of-your-business to taunt someone driving an old, poorly running junker.

1900s B.C., right? tongue.gif
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I'm wondering if some of you know what "go get a horse" was referring to. Back when automobiles were first came out, they were not popular with the public, especially in rural areas, because it was believed they were not practical and had no future. A common taunt of derision from the skeptics of the new technology made to operators of the new fangled horseless carriages was, "Go get a horse." Curiously enough, it was used when I was a child back in nineteen-none-of-your-business to taunt someone driving an old, poorly running junker.

1900s B.C., right? tongue.gif

LOL! Most days, it feels like it.
     
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Maybe he did not like the Friday afternoon traffic between BWI and DC. Congress would would like that. They like getting out of town quickly to the airport. Got stuck in that a few times going from Ft. McNair to FT Mead.
They are driving? Even rich YouTubers are flying not driving.
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