The Biden White House promoted the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal now before the Senate with an image that features a diesel locomotive — featuring fuel and technology that the Biden administration is trying to phase out.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal makes the largest federal investment in public transit ever – in total, the new investments and reauthorization provide $89.9 billion in guaranteed funding for public transit over the next five years. pic.twitter.com/mfBKWJ9fAk
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 4, 2021
The image, a throwback to mid-20th century advertising, avoids the forward-looking, “green” aesthetic of Biden’s infrastructure promises, and instead evokes imagery from the New Deal or the postwar eras of interstate transportation.
The engine bears the colors, markings, and design features of the GE Genesis, designed in the early 1990s and produced until 2001. Though the engine is missing the Amtrak logo, it closely resembles the engine used by Amtrak.
Ironically, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal promises to “modernize” the country’s rail fleet, and invest billions in upgrades to existing rail infrastructure, including the development of high-speed rail. Diesel engines do exist in high-speed rail, but they are considered “old school” technology, replaced by gas-turbine engines and electrical engines.
President Biden is known to romanticize travel by Amtrak, having used the service to commute from Delaware to Washington, DC. However, he has promoted the infrastructure bill by claiming it would advance new technologies.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.