03 Mar '12, 9pm

Combining domestic coal with nuclear energy to make oil? | Peak ...: Combining domestic coal with nuclear energy...

Combining domestic coal with nuclear energy to make oil? | Peak ...: Combining domestic coal with nuclear energy...

Eric – thank you for illustrating why freight railroad interests have been so supportive of antinuclear activities for so long. Aside: Warren Buffett has been damning nuclear technology with faint praise for several years; perhaps his recent purchase of Burlington Northern, one of the largest coal carrying railroads in the US, has something to do with his public questioning of the ability of nuclear energy to compete in the power market. End Aside. If the US had kept building nuclear plants at the rate we achieved and maintained throughout the period from 1963-1973, the traditional coal industry would have been out of business by 2000. Railroads would have lost one of their most profitable and most captive customers (there are few options for most coal mines; the local railroad is generally a monopoly). I do not believe in decimating the coal industry or in demonizing the ...

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