California’s runaway train
Political, environmental and planning disputes have held up California’s long discussed high-speed rail project, which should finally break ground this year. But without a CEO, it’s also lacking leadership.
It’s not easy living in an economic boomtown – just ask the residents of Midland and Odessa, two Texas cities where the quality of life is suffering owing to a massive influx of people.
They both straddle the Permian Basin, a hotspot for oil and gas exploration that produces 17 per cent of US…