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+ - TGV breaks speed record

zeux writes: While testing the new Paris — Strasbourg line, the TGV broke a 17 years old speed record (babelfish translation), travelling at 553 km/h (343 mph). The last record, of 515 km/h (320 mph), was set on May, 18th 1990. According to the French National Railroad Company (SNCF) the testing campaign will continue and speeds up to 570 km/h (354 mph) could be atteigned by June of this year.

Comment: Re:Simply replace income tax with an energy tax (Score 2, Informative) 723 723

It's kinda like what happened in Europe with gas prices in fact... Here, we have very high taxes on gas and this forced people to buy very efficient cars (and in return forced the car makers to invest a lot in r&d toward efficiency).

My car does 60 mpg, and it's an average french car. When I was in the US I had a very inefficient car and the funny thing was that despite gas prices being much lover in the US I was spending as much on gas a month than I'm doing now in France for approximately the same commute distance.

The hardest part here is making sure poor people will be able to renew their old inefficient cars with brand new ones. In France the government did that through a program where you could get a fixed amount of money for any 10+ years old car whatever the condition of the car for any new car purchase. It worked very well.

And saying that a bigger car is more secure is total bullshit. Crash-tests proved that a long time ago.

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