[nSLUG] Measured wattage of atom system

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue Sep 16 15:51:49 ADT 2008


On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 2:14 PM, D G Teed <donald.teed at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 1:58 PM, Daniel Morrison <draker at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> This is getting off topic, but I don't think wind, tides and sun will be able to
> power our future, unless we go back to using electricity like we did in the
> 1940's (or perhaps 1910's).  Electricity is going to power cars, home
> heating, and lots of stuff in the future (whether hydrogen cells are involved
> is mute, as hydrogen will be produced by electrolysis).  We are going to need,
> I would guess, double the current electricity in the coming decades,
> and the only path to
> doing so is nuclear.  I don't like nuclear, but I think it is the only
> practical solution.

Nuclear is currently beyond our management/organizational capabilities.
We need good international cooperation, regulators free from political
interference, etc.

> I just wish the 3 trillion pumped into the Iraq war had been put into
> this instead:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEMO
>
> We (using the largest possible royal 'we') might have accelerated that
> timeline massively.

What happened to nuclear fusion for power?

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George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia



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