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Photo: California High-Speed Rail Authority via Getty Images
The most ambitious infrastructure project in America looks dead, at least for now, after its estimated costs had swelled to $77 billion.
The big picture: It is incredibly expensive to build infrastructure in the U.S., whether that's rail or highway or anything else.
Why it matters: High-speed rail infrastructure is important to climate change plans like the Green New Deal.
Between the lines: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Green New Deal resolution will get a vote (he thinks it will hurt Senate Democrats.)
The bottom line: If the richest and most progressive state in the U.S. can't follow through on an ambitious rail plan (similar to how Washington state couldn't pass a carbon tax), it signals nothing but trouble for people concerned about climate change.
P.S. "China plans 6,800 km of new rail track in 2019 amid infrastructure push." (Reuters)
Go deeper: High-speed rail and the Green New Deal
Above: The casket of former Rep. John Dingell rests at the Church of the Divine Child during his funeral today in Dearborn, Michigan.
Below: Rep. Debbie Dingell, his widow, arrives with former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden.
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