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In a word, no. The private sector never built a modern rail infrastructure either, and it never will.

What makes me suspicious of nuclear power is the fact that we keep getting leaks revealing an appalling lack of safety culture and safety inspection agencies who are in bed with the plant operators.

Usually, those leaks take the form of documents, but every so often one of them takes the form of fallout.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 04:43:20 PM EST
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The private sector never built a modern rail infrastructure either, and it never will.

Not without massive subsidies and subsequent banruptcies, most likely. But the US transcontinental railroads WERE built by the private sector WITH such subsidies and subsequent bankruptcies. Amazingly, those who built the railroads got away with keeping the alternating square mile checkerboard of land grants through the process. Ah! the glory of spin-offs, even in the 19th century. It was the existence of that real estate that made George's single tax anathema to the Robber Barrons.  

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 09:12:33 PM EST
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Actually, George's direct attacks on these land grants (much more extensive in the West) and his proposal that it would be better for the state to directly fund railway construction might already have been enough to make him anathema to them.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 01:29:22 AM EST
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I think a compelling case can be made that the transcontinental railroad is neither modern nor built by the private sector.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2012 at 01:41:52 AM EST
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What makes me suspicious of nuclear power is the fact that we keep getting leaks revealing an appalling lack of safety culture

From Penn Energy, two days after JakeS posted the above comment:

South Korea's nuclear power watchdog has extended an investigation into forged safety certificates for thousands of reactor components in use at several nuclear facilities.
by LondonAnalytics (Andrew Smith) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 10:44:34 AM EST
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