It seems that every day energy news changes, just like the climate changes. Many individuals have focused on the need to save energy, but so many of these pieces of news focus on what can be done at some point in the future. Carbon extraction and sequestering technology is often discussed, for instance, but no one has put it into play yet.
Alternative transportation methods are one way to get cars off the road, and many futuristic plans have been thrown around to fix Amtrak’s problems. However, readily available off the shelf technology would need no further investment and represents a baseline green alternative that can make do with current energy supplies. The InterCity 125 has long served railroads in the United Kingdom, and it still holds many records for the speediest diesel hauled trains. The HST locomotives, as they are sometimes called, run on regular pre-existing railroad trackage. They can be operated at track speed, and in some cases this can be quite fast.
On the other hand, they would take nothing special to get running. In fact, the first model was put into service in 1975. While debates over energy usage and high-speed rail projects rage on, the HST units represent something that can be built immediately and run without special consideration.