Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: "Hydrogen Economy"
This could be an interesting thread.
I agree with Kirk's premise that the virulent opposition to the nuclear power industry has made the likelihood of the projected horrors of the anti-nukes virtually a certainty. The reason is, it is a dead industry. No one is investing in anything to do with nukes, except the government.
There is a valid counter to every argument against nuclear power, but none of the investment capital needed will be made available with the way things are done today. But, had the industry made a few standard plant designs, much the way the US Navy made a few plant designs to power several hundred ships, configuration control and overhead technical costs would have been much lower. Upgrading and engineering analysis needed to maintain plant safety would have been affordable.
The waste issue is a long term problem, but when did global warming from the present means become a short term problem. In the end, the nuclear risks are much more manageable than fossil fuel burning. With suitable investments in appropriate technologies (like the Europeans, especially - Oh my God, I can't believe I am saying this - the French) waste volume can be minimized and managed much more safely than letting it sit in pools at each nuke plant like we do in the US.
A national energy policy that ignores nuke plants is incomplete.
But Kirk, don't make Hydrogen gas from water with the electricity. It is a poor investment of hard working neutrons. There will be solutions for hydrogen storage when they are ready. At present I know of only one means for safely storing hydrogen at about the energy density of Diesel fuel. No one is working on it.
Nukes, yes, but not in the present deregulated world of utilities where the anti-nuke's nightmares will come true. All the really smart kids for the last twenty years or so graduating from college went to fields where you can make a living. Which is not the nuclear power industry. What is left is a bunch of old men, some dedidcated to keeping the science they started safe and others who can't find a job elsewhere for any number of reasons, and body shop type engineers hired by the hour. It is getting more dangerous by the minute as the good old guys retire. Jim