The 13th annual global warming alarmism fiesta is well underway in Cancun, but Eric Carlson, president of carbon offset organization Carbonfund (whose corporate partners include Hyundai, Motorola, Volkswagen, Staples, JetBlue, Dell, Virgin America, Avis and Amtrak), wants the United States to just go away:
The AFL-CIO and eleven railroad-related unions filed suit Jan. 22 for an injunction to prevent a congressionally appointed panel, called the Amtrak Reform Council, from delivering its report to Congress. In 2001, with Amtrak asking for another $3.2 billion to cope with increased business, ARC decided Amtrak wasn't going to make it. ARC was required to propose changes after declaring that Amtrak wouldn't meet a statutory Dec. 2002 self-sufficiency deadline. ARC voted Jan. 11 eight to one to recommend an end to Amtrak as we know it. ARC's plan, a final version of which is due before Congress on Feb. 7, is likely to recommend opening America's entire intercity rail system to private competition and the divestiture of Amtrak's tracks and other infrastructure. The suit filed in U.S. Dist. Court in Washington, D.C. alleged that ARC acted in "excess of its authority" with its recommendations. ARC "has long pursued an ideological agenda to dismember and then sell off Amtrak to private interests," Mark Filipovic, chairman of the union's Rail Labor Division.