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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #98 on: March 16, 2021, 03:25:21 AM »
if it was a really good idea, the private sector would have done it or will do it.

I don't believe this when it's simply cheaper to keep the status quo.  Oil, trains, automakers, and other massive industries are stagnating our advancements because they can still make more the old way than the new way.

You say they will do it, but not a moment before it earns them a penny more than the old way does.  And that doesn't help any of us.  

Our society COULD have amazing things sooner and cheaper, but we don't, because the entities that have "won" the financial game have no incentive to change things.
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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #99 on: March 16, 2021, 05:02:18 AM »
Profit is always an incentive to change things.

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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #100 on: March 16, 2021, 06:09:46 AM »
The barriers to rail seem to usually revolve around the very high expense to create and also the neverending headache when it comes to building things in this country. 

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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #101 on: March 16, 2021, 07:10:04 AM »
Environmentalists have stopped a whole lot of progress in this country.
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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #102 on: March 16, 2021, 08:55:56 AM »
I don't believe this when it's simply cheaper to keep the status quo.  Oil, trains, automakers, and other massive industries are stagnating our advancements because they can still make more the old way than the new way.

the things in bold weren't built by the government

we might still be waiting

the government isn't big on advancements either
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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #103 on: March 16, 2021, 09:29:57 AM »
I quoted you specifying the private sector.  That's who I was talking about, not the government.  Private corporations who have won the modern "game" have spent (probably) trillions of dollars just to keep the status quo and have disallowed change for the better.
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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #104 on: March 16, 2021, 09:53:35 AM »
If there were profit in building HSR, some private company would try.  There isn't, it requires billions in subsidies each year.  This is known.

Bright line is tryin in Florida with low speed passenger trains with indifferent success.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brightline

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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #105 on: March 16, 2021, 10:03:35 AM »
If there were profit in building HSR, some private company would try.  There isn't, it requires billions in subsidies each year.  This is known.

Bright line is tryin in Florida with low speed passenger trains with indifferent success.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brightline

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This could be interesting, but it got crushed.
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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #107 on: March 16, 2021, 10:27:09 AM »
Chicago — The Boring Company

This could be interesting, but it got crushed.
Needed a more creative route, for sure. 

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« Reply #108 on: March 16, 2021, 10:50:22 AM »
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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #109 on: March 16, 2021, 11:15:52 AM »
I really do not think major corporations are hindering progress somehow.  That assertion makes no sense to me.  What happens is they come and go, others replace them over time.  Remember KMart?  Woolworths?  Even GE got chisseled.

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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #110 on: March 16, 2021, 11:26:23 AM »
speaking of GE.............

GE Steam Power announced today that it has designed and manufactured the largest-ever (75-inch) last-stage blade for its Arabelle low-pressure rotor. The blade will enable the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England to produce 3.2 GWe of CO2 free power, GE said. Once completed, this Arabelle steam turbine will be the most powerful nuclear steam turbine in operation. It was tested at GE's factory in Belfort, France.

https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GE-Steam-Power-unveils-largest-last-stage-blade-ev
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Re: Major changes in our lives over the next decade ...
« Reply #111 on: March 16, 2021, 11:31:53 AM »
I own some GE stock, I finally am in the green on it.  The wife worked for a company half owned by GE.  A lot of our neighbors worked for GE as their plant was just down the hill from us.  When I moved to Cincy, they had 20,000 employees, and around 4 PM they nearly all bailed and jammed the freeway.  I think they have 8,000 now.

 

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