At 07:27 PM 7/3/2007, K2 wrote:

Don't assume oil. Assume coal. And  coal from the Powder River Basin is quite cheaply mined and doesn't require expensive sulfur scrubbers.

Annnnnnnnndddddddd... taking this thread in a somewhat tangential direction: I gotta believe there're some John McPhee fans on this list.  His newest collection, Uncommon Carriers, examines how Powder River coal gets... elsewhere, and why.  That's one of five or six stories in the new book, and IMO, not the best one.

It's not a pretty picture. But it IS a beautiful read, as are most things McPhee.
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