One budget buster is fabulous and fascinating: OMG, we have an apparently robust explorer on Mars, and we can see what it’s doing more than a hundred million miles from here. A hard-fought triumph of brilliance and doggedness. But some wonder if the US should be spending the money on Curiosity.
The other budget buster, at Mississippi Power’s Kemper plant, is minus the glamour, though some believe the integrated gasification combined-cycle project represents a strong opportunity to save coal as a major source of electricity. Here, too, some wonder–with real material effect–about the wisdom of spending money on it.
Both projects have had cost overruns. Both cost more than $2 billion: Curiosity around $2.5 billion and Kemper maybe about $2.9 billion.
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