The future of US passenger transportation

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    First, the farce made out of air travel has to go. Most of the huge mess caused by homeland security is pointless. A bunch of incompetent "affirmative action" employees that represent the results of federal government patronage are mostly worthless - the department regularly smuggles guns past them in tests.

    A highly automated version of the scanners can stay. Bring back the older faster methods like profiling - swedish grandmothers aren't going to blow up the plane.

    BO's grand 19th century socialist vision of trains is absurd - a step back into a by-gone century. Trains are inflexible in terms of route and schedule, and compared with planes on an equal basis, only differ in that they are much slower.

    The future of personal transportation is cars - the nearly infinitely flexible transportation mode that uses the already-existing huge infrastructure of highways. The electric car is the car of the future. The problem is of course battery technology. Since there are unlikely to be quantum leaps there, here's a likely solution: the batteries of today and the near future are sufficient for most people for "trips around town." For highway trips, or big city freeway commutes, a means of en route contactless induction charging is needed. I read where an australian company already has a method for this.

    Look at the advantages: simple propulsion, no air pollution, no enriching of opec dictatorships by importing oil.

    Of course, there would be a huge new demand for electricty. I propose 100 new generation nuke plants, carefully engineered for safety. A nuclear power plant is in essence a simple device - there's no reason why they can't be made highly safe. The nuke plant accidents which have occurred in the past have been due to stupidity (japanese plant, 3 mile island) or bad engineering (chernobyl).

    There you have it. :D
     
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    Tesla was working on a system where the Earths magnetic field would be used as an electrical conductor. That would make EV's a completely viable ssytem.
     
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    Tesla was one of the world's total geniuses. But I take it he never completed his design.
     
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    Sounds cool! Lets see these on the streets.
     
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    Yeah, he completed it. Worked like a charm. Bush and Cheney got their hands on it and have hidden it so they can continue to make billions in the oil business.
     
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    Easier to imagine than a lot of other proposals Patrick..

    THe Induction charging isn't hard to imagine as long as it's limited to major highways. Largely because of the amount of "stuff" that has to go under the road.

    I have friends that won't walk under a major powerline.. So you're gonna have to battle the nail-biters who dont want large EM fields under their roadways..
     
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    That MAY be a problem, we need medical studies. But electrified light rail is used in a number of places in the US, and all over europe. What ambient field strengths do those produce? Wonder if anyone has ever done any studies on that regarding biological effects.
     
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    Tesla did complete it. The problem was that when his financial backer either J.P. Morgan, or George Westinghouse found out that Tesla had intended for it to give free electricity to everyone on earth they pulled the financial support out.
     
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    There is no evidence to support that he completed it. That is in the realm of conspiricy theories. However, if it could be made to work (he died while trying to get more money for research) it truly would revolutionize the world's energy systems.
     
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    Yes Tesla did complete his idea. The wardencliff transmitter burnt down before full realization of it, but his idea was completed on paper.

    There is no conspiracy theory about this as far as I am concerned. Check out this article, and also there is a biography called,"Tesla, The electric magician" that also goes into detail about this.


    Tesla's Success With Free Energy - The Nikola Tesla Secret
     

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