Why there will be no XL pipeline: Warren Buffett

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On Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:37:49 -0700 (PDT), harry

It is called not giving a shit about what is happening over there. When you get in trouble, you will call us.
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# It's called being insular, parochial.
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yeah But with you as an example, there really is NO NEED to be plugged in to the stupidities of Europe We'll wait till you have another World War..
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On Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:18:38 -0500, "Attila Iskander"

Not to worry. They'll send invitations.
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Yes, a train has some advantages. For those listed above, do you think that justifies spending trillions of dollars to link together the midwest cities, like harry says? And again, look at the highest speed train service we have, Amtrak's Acela from Boston to DC. Look at the ticket prices versus a plane. They overlap. Yet the train can't make money and the airline does. And that is without all the billions it would take to upgrade the whole rail system to make it faster. What would a ticket have to cost then to make it pay for itself? You would be like the Concorde, which, come to think of it, was a British idea. A great technological achievment and a complete commercial failure.
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Driving a car onto a train represents such a tiny part of the market it's not even worth talking about.
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On Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:42:30 -0700 (PDT), harry

The difference is most of China does not have anyone who could buy a train ticket. They have a few big industrial centers with a train going between them. I would compare that the train in the NE US.,
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On Mar 11, 12:36 am, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Obviously they have. Or who would be on the trains?
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# Obviously they have. Or who would be on the trains?
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is this the same China where they have been building whole cities across that country that are no standing empty ? <http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?idP142087n What the two segments about China.
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On Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:29:04 -0700 (PDT), harry

Rich people in those two cities. You are giving us an example of two of the richest cities in the world and then saying the US should build a train between Fumbeck Alabama and Pig's Knuckle Texas.
The part you ignore is the Chinese are buying cars at a faster rate than any country in the world. Somebody there doesn't want to ride the train.
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There's a LOT of things that harry ignores to fullfill his la-la-land train fantasy
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# Have you any idea how big China is? # <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing%E2%80%93Guangzhou%E2%80%93Shenzhen%E2%80%93Hong_Kong_High-Speed_Railway> Have you ANY idea of the population density of China versus the US ??
Why do you need to demonstrate you are a superficial ignoramus ?
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Passenger trains work well in the UK but the scale mitigates against them in the US.
You speak of the midwest. Take two mid-west cities: Chicago and Detroit. The two are 282 miles apart. That distance exceeds the widest part of the UK! Train service in the UK more closely resembles that found in US subway systems - it is no way equivalent to the US train network.
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in more comfort using less fuel.
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On Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:14:07 -0700 (PDT), harry

282 miles on a train in an hour?
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Indeed It's a "magic English train"...
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Well I suppose it might seem magic to hillbillys and rednecks. i
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# Well I suppose it might seem magic to hillbillys and rednecks. i
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Well, that does explain why your so wowed by them. Thanks for pointing that out.
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On 3/11/13 3:14 AM, harry wrote:

A question (rhetorical, of course).
Let's suppose for a moment there was a high speed train to Detroit from Chicago. Or, to Detroit from Cleveland. Or, to Detroit from ANYwhere.
Seriously -- how many folks want to go to Detroit?
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Simple solution.
Instead of running the high speed trains to Detroit, run them _from_ Detroit.
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Yeah. Detriot. The monument to American capitalism. The taxpayer will be left to clear things up. OH wait, Warren Buffet might pay?
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