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Over fifty years, yes, certainly. The US has not been under anywhere near the stress that it faces in the next half century under the most optimistic of scenarios. An oil-independent transcontinental transport system could well prevent it, but there's no guarantee that the vested private interests of the Oil industry can be overcome to make it happen before the US is in too severe economic distress to allow the project to be started.

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 Sun Nov 21st, 2010 at 01:47:40 PM EST
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