[Ed. – Green New Deal hardest hit. Newsom isn’t actually canceling the whole thing. Hilariously, he intends to finish the utterly useless initial leg of the project connecting Merced with Bakersfield. At least the avocados and pistachios will have a way to get through the Central Valley really fast.]
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday in his “State of the State” address at the California State Capitol in Sacramento that he would abandon the state’s high-speed rail system because it was too expensive.
The plan to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed rail “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long,” he told legislators. He said the state would still build a portion of the system under construction in the rural Central Valley, denying that it would be a “train to nowhere.” He said the state would not send $3.5 billion back to the federal government to be spent by President Donald Trump.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti cited the “Green New Deal” on Monday when he decided to cancel the building of three new natural gas plants to provide for the city’s electricity needs, saying that the power would have to come from wind and solar energy — somehow.
But Newsom, considering budget constraints, took a different approach.