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Good luck is needed to switch on a sufficient scale and get all EROI uncompromised. And some people, institutions doing the switching.
by das monde on Thu Jul 25th, 2013 at 08:41:45 AM EST
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More than luck, however ~ it also requires benefits available to some existing vested interests.

Which is why high efficiency gains like the Steel Interstate are promising places to get started, as those efficiency gains can yield benefits to be distributed among existing vested interests.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Jul 25th, 2013 at 03:38:43 PM EST
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The vested interests are quite a drag - they will ask to be bribed just to let you do something. Eisenhauer's Interstate Highway System was build without the need to deal with that. If they are in the habit of capturing almost all efficiency gains, how much benefit (relative to the price) will be there for the common society? And what is the risk of not geting the full network?
by das monde on Thu Jul 25th, 2013 at 05:06:06 PM EST
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In what sense was Eisenhower's Highway System built without that? An interstate highway system as such would not require the urban on-ramps and off-ramps to allow it to be used for intra-urban driving, those are there for the speculative profit of property developers.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Jul 26th, 2013 at 11:44:50 AM EST
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