Here’s a riddle of our times: Why do liberals love high-speed trains but hate oil pipelines? They opposed the Alaska pipeline back in the day, arguing that it would harm the reindeer. It didn’t. Pipelines don’t move. High-speed trains, however, do. At high speeds.
A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures.
The train line, which runs between Umeå and Lycksele, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of reindeer over the last three months, when the unfortunate animals have wandered onto the tracks.
Finding a dead reindeer or one that is injured and needs to be euthanized is a daily occurrence for reindeer owner, Per-Mikael Jonsson, who is forced to put down many injured reindeer fearing that their internal damages may be too severe to survive.