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Fortnightly Magazine - March 15 1998

to study and report on using life-cycle analysis for federal energy purchases. The report would address "the full fuel cycle," including energy exploration and development, processing, transportation, storage and disposal, etc.

But fuel-cycle analysis is a minefield. Should DOE weigh the cost of aircraft carriers patrolling the Persian Gulf to safeguard oil fields?

Rosenstock adds that, with retail choice, electricity customers may change their energy supplier and their fuel source on a whim, making it impractical to estimate the complete full fuel cycle for electric appliances.


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