Quantcast
Home / Environment / Walker pushes for public hearing on high-speed rail’s impact on environment

Walker pushes for public hearing on high-speed rail’s impact on environment

Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker (right) shakes hands with Democrat Tom Barrett before a recent televised debate in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker (right) shakes hands with Democrat Tom Barrett before a recent televised debate in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker sent a letter Wednesday requesting a public hearing on the environmental impact of the proposed Milwaukee to Madison high-speed rail line.

Walker, current Milwaukee County Executive, said in a press release there has not been a meeting on the train’s ecological effect since 2001. At the time, he said the Wisconsin Department of Transportation only called for the destruction of 13.5 acres of state wetlands, but the most recent application stated 23.85 acres destroyed.

That 43 percent increase, he said, contradicts Wisconsin’s long tradition of environmental stewardship and open government.

Walker blamed his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and current Gov. Jim Doyle for pushing portions of the projects ahead before the Nov. 2 election.

— Joe Lanane

11 comments

  1. Now he’s a big environmentalist? LOL. Where is the study on all these roads being built?

    What a tool.

  2. All he’s asking for is some consistency. When private industry wants to develop a site, it gets studied to the ‘enth degree’ and is shut down for any kangaroo rat or garder snake that might live there. When it’s a government project…full speed ahead.
    Sucks bein’ on the other side, doesn’t it?

  3. Scott Walker wants “consistency” by championing the environment? Haha… I bet even you can find the hypocrisy/humor in that. What he is asking is for you to shut off your brain… and you apparently have obliged. If he wants to make it easier to develop private projects, then I’m right behind him on that issue… but playing this card is idiocy.

    We must stop the $800 million project because of 24 acres of wetlands!…. If those get destroyed, we will only have about 5 million left in the state. The horror!

    The only consistent thing Walker and the Republicans have done on the issue of rail is flip-flop on it over the years as they’ve turned it into a political football. You just have to love politics.

  4. Where are all the environmental groups? I asked this question during my campaign, and in Wisconsin Eye interview.

    If this purposal was a private sector plan or a Republican Governor’s idea, you are telling me they would be as silent as they have been now?

    This train is a bad idea on it;s face. Lets have the environmental study before anymore money is wasted.

  5. It is all blue smoke and mirror by the Walker camp. Clearly, high speed rail a has much lower environmental impact than added freeway lanes except in the most twisted Koch brothers’ funded studies. . Walker is a paid shill of the oil lobby who keep up the premise that sprawl, highways and oil consumption is good for America. The evidence it to the contrary. Compact development saves energy and increases the health of both the environment and the inhabitants. People like train and transit and given the opportunity they ride it. When facts are ignored it is either from stupidity or malice. So which is it Scott Walker?

    http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2010/10/13/transit-mode-share-trends-looking-steady-rail-appears-to-encourage-non-automobile-commutes/

  6. I think the DNR should check out this property for any signs of the Butler grass snake. Seems like this little reptile can shut down massive development anywhere in the state, stopping a …cough… high speed wannabe train should be no problem.

    Thats right to be a high speed train it would require everything that is not built yet to be ripped up and start from scratch with new infastructure, not to mention trains. The rail companies that pay strawmen to post on here always leave out the hard details. It will take 1 billion more dollars over above the 700 million if this train is to be upgraded ever in the future to go faster. Hard to believe educated people with backgrounds in engineering think the same train is capable of going 40 mph or 180 mph with no changes to engineering or equipment, not to mention cost.

  7. Troy – Where are your “hard details” that the new train is going to top out at 40 mph? I’d love to see that. Everything I’ve read says 79 mph or 110 mph depending on the stretch. I’ve never heard ANYBODY mention 180 mph… and you are throwing accusations of “Straw Man” at others? LOL

  8. Troy Kaufert wrote “The rail companies that pay strawmen to post on here always leave out the hard details.” — First, rail companies don’t “pay” anybody to shill for them, and secondly, there are no “strawmen”, just plain folks who have read, listened and learned that this is part of a fully-federally-funded *nationwide* project from which Wisconsin must not be excluded because of Scott Walker’s politics-of-revenge. That sort of conspiracy-thinking demonstrates well that Scott Walker’s campaign gamble of appealing to the state’s nonthinkers has paid him some dividends. There’s a lot to be said about Scott Walker’s campaign methods — and let’s hope that it’s said in time.

  9. Lets have A vote in Wisconsin high speed rail or property tax relief I bet tax relief wins by over 65%.

  10. Wow… that’s brilliant! How are the rail and property tax related?

    We either get $800 million for rail or we don’t get it at all. It’s not a tough concept to grasp…. amazing that so many people have yet to do so.

    And i bet “tax relief” would beat ANYTHING in a vote… that doesn’t mean it would be a good idea. The only thing your logic proves is that most people shouldn’t even be given a vote.

    I have a new idea for a stimulus program…. Let’s spend a few hundred billion and make cleaning the gene pool up a priority…. we could start with developing a technology that causes people that watch FoxNews to go sterile.

  11. Here’s an entire page from the Wisconsin Transportation Department Web site devoted to the environmental impact of the new train route, which earned federal approval in 2004 (when George Bush was President). WisDOT was on top of this requirement early on and that was a critical factor in its application for federal funds for this project being funded 100%. http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/d1/hsrail/environ.htm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*