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Old Sep 23rd, 2009, 10:01 AM   #81
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I am beginning to believe that the CO2 hysteria drum is not being pounded only to line Al Gore's pockets. Seemingly the nuclear energy industry senses a chance to greatly expand without solving its most basic problem, poisonous polluting waste.
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Old Sep 27th, 2009, 06:45 PM   #82
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Old Sep 27th, 2009, 07:05 PM   #83
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Nuclear is the future but it isn't fission, it is fusion (and I am not talking the Holy Grail "cold" variety). I recently watched a documentary on fusion reactors and while economically viable reactors are a couple of generations away, they are definitely the future of a clean sustainable energy source.

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Old Sep 28th, 2009, 11:29 AM   #84
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I tend to agree that fusion is the long term solution. It is of course 20-30 years away.

Once the technical issues are resolved a test facility needs to be built to prove to the public that this is indeed safe. Needs to be somewhere that will not harm innocent people should there be a catastrophic failure. Rather than somewhere in France I humbly suggest somewhere on the grounds of Parliament as a logical choice.
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Once the technical issues are resolved a test facility needs to be built to prove safety. Needs to be somewhere that will not harm innocent people should there be a catastrophic failure. I humbly suggest somewhere on the grounds of Parliament as a logical choice.
Actually there are test facilities out there now, none operating at a commercially viable level although the largest test facility ever conceived is to be built by a consortium from the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan. It is to be called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarache, France, to demonstrate the feasibility of using sustained fusion reactions for making electricity.
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We already have access to fusion power, the Sun. There are many applications where solar can step in and reduce waste without needing costly or complex technologies. Think of things like all of the resources wasted on people heating swimming pools, when something as simple as a solar heater can make dramatic reductions in that waste, with inexpensive one time investment and no long term costs for consumption. We can also grow crops that can provide biomass or biodiesel, or even let forests grow and burn wood for heat with scientifically designed, high efficiency stoves.

Our problem isn't a technical one, where all we need is fusion reactors; but rather, that we simply fritter away too much energy on wasteful activities that accomplish nothing. We will pump billions upon billions into extracting oil from the oil sands, but can't seem to get a system into place where someone can just put up a windmill, at least, without rampant NIMBYism and special interests who would prefer that we squander resources on oil sands megaprojects or esoteric and far off research projects.

Tons of things can be done to live smarter, but we need the initiative to do it, and the ability to do it without high levels of frustration.
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^^^ All our electricity needs will never be filled by solar energy. Yes where it can be used to reduce our consumption where it is feasible it makes sense but it is not a large scale solution.

Think of all the coal fuel plant's the ecologically damaging Hydro installations and the potentially disastrous fallout form fusion reactors not to mention what do with their waste.

For large scale electrical production the development of economically feasible fusion reactors definitely has a place in future energy production.

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Alternative ways of transit such as train and bus will save a lot of energy.
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They might sound dangerous, but nuclear batteries have been safely powering devices such as pace-makers, satellites and underwater systems for years. They have an extremely long life and high energy density compared to chemical batteries. However, they are costly and also very large and heavy. Now researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) are developing a nuclear battery that is smaller, lighter and more efficient.
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