Senior Fellow Atlantic Council Eurasia Section, Adjunct Faculty Singularity University in Mountain Vie the National Post in Canada, Professor at Ryerson University, author of 10 books
Diane Francis is Senior Fellow Atlantic Council Eurasia Section in Washington DC, Adjunct Faculty Singularity University in Mountain View California, Editor at Large with the National Post in Canada, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, Advisory Council member at Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative and author of ten books.
China's recent ruthlessness has shocked many including Emily Lau, a long-standing Member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council. In a recent interview, she said: "These demands are modest and reasonable and protesters are peaceful. There is no compromise. The ball is now in China's court. Promises were made."
Already there have been three near misses. Four months after Quebec's deaths, another derailment and explosion occurred outside an Alabama town without deaths. This was followed by a collision of two trains that resulted in an evacuation of more than 2,000 persons and a 400,000-gallon oil spill. A third derailment and explosion happened in Virginia forcing another evacuation.
Safety is bad enough, but rail is also terrible for the environment.