If you’ve ever watched the HBO television series Mad Men, you’d be right to question the ethics and morality of anything they do. After all, it’s all in search for the almighty dollar, convincing people to buy things they don’t necessarily need. But, of course, it’s just a television show, and the actors that play the roles in it are just that, actors. So it’s good to see that a couple of them — Vincent Kartheiser and Rich Sommer (in the show Pete Campbell and Harry Crane, respectively) — have started a campaign at madfasttrains.com to lobby your local US senator to say yes to high-speed rail.
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According to TreeHugger, there are a few newly elected Republican governors who are refusing to support a new high-speed rail system that will revolutionize commuting in the US. President Obama is ready to part with $53 billion in federal funds over six years to build the new system, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Ohio Gov. John Kasich aren’t accepting. The TreeHugger post also states that a study conducted by the Centre for Urban Infrastructure estimates that CO2 emissions would be reduced by half a billion pounds by 2035 if the new high-speed rail system goes ahead.
Not only would carbon emissions be dramatically cut back, but in Southern California alone, 127,000 permanent jobs would be created. Check out this entertaining and funny promo by the two Mad Men actors: