Bill Nye, once known as "The Science Guy" thanks to his incredibly successful TV series of the same name, thinks the U.S. "should be embarrassed" at its lack of a high-speed rail system.
During an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Nye claimed hyperbolically that "every other country in the world" had high-speed rail, before explaining his belief that it was a development the United States had failed to replicate due to the "political" problems surrounding the issue.
"If I may, you should be embarrassed," Nye said. "We gotta get it together."
Nye's comments, made at the Epcot Center in Florida, may have been catalyzed by a recent decision by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) to reject $2.4 billion in federal funding that would have gone to construct a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. The White House has since said they plan to send that money elsewhere.
The Obama administration has announced a $53 billion, six-year initiative to begin upgrading the nation's existing railways and broaden the reach of newer high-speed lines.