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+ Your AuthorsArchive @pegobry Fellow @EPPCdc. I occasionally write things longer than tweets. Jan. 23, 2021 1 min read

That’s a good point. The Maginot Line was a massive engineering project and "worked" _as an engineering project_ (though it was also a symptom of strategic learned helplessness). When’s the last time America pulled off a large engineering project?

I was recently telling myself that the French nuclear power program was the last time a Western government completed a major engineering project. After the Oil Shock, the President said "Ten years from now, I want our power grid to run on nuclear" and...it happened.

Is there a more recent example? I am thinking of something (a) big; (b) cutting edge; (c) not massively over-budget/over-time; (d) not fake/dumb (don't talk to me about green energy).

According to Wikipiedia, 80% cost overrun. (And according to vague memories of my childhood, I would bet way overtime.)

Don't worry: France has lost the magic touch too.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPR_(nuclear_reactor) 

Interesting entry.

What do we think of CERN? Is it big enough to qualify? Is it real? (Has it actually advanced physics? @EricRWeinstein @skdh)


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