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and due to the engineering difficulties of transoceanic high speed rail, aviation.
by Thomas on Fri Jul 30th, 2010 at 11:59:25 PM EST
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LOL - blind spot!

We could always resurrect the Zeppelin.

In the 1930s, Zeppelins successfully competed with other means of transatlantic transport. ... [Least] importantly, the technology was potentially more energy-efficient than heavier-than-air designs. ...

Today, with large, fast, and more cost-efficient fixed-wing aircraft, it is unknown whether huge airships can operate profitably in regular passenger transport though, as energy costs rise, attention is once again returning to these lighter than air vessels as a viable alternative.

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jul 31st, 2010 at 04:23:40 AM EST
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If your customers are willing to spend days making the crossing, you might as well operate nuclear-propulsion super liner ships. not much slower than a zep, safer, and much, much cheaper.
by Thomas on Sat Jul 31st, 2010 at 12:08:44 PM EST
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