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  •  Yeah, I know. (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Yet, they are still able to kick our asses in the outcomes department at about two thirds of what we spend.

    Imagine what they could do if they applied themselves!

    •  for an example (0+ / 0-)

      look at electricity.

      The French government owned electric utility generates most of its electricity from nuclear plants -- at half or less the retail cost of electricity in the US.

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      by charliehall on Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 08:40:47 PM PDT

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      •  See, I'm not so sure about 'costs' these days, (2+ / 0-)

        when it comes to electricity.  I know for years where I live the utilities used figures for cost of production that conveniently left out the cost of building the coal-fired plants they used.  Their goal, of course, was to avoid paying owners of wind generators a higher rate for their output.

        Now that the utilities OWN most of the wind generators, they're not so fussy with the accounting.

        I can easily see the proponents of nuclear power leaving out a few items, such as the cost of safely dealing with spent fuel, something they haven't yet accomplished.

        This, of course, has little to do with their health care outcomes or the amount they spend as a per centage of GDP to obtain those outcomes.

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