[extropy-chat] Nuke 'em

Alfio Puglisi puglisi at arcetri.astro.it
Sun Oct 23 20:04:11 UTC 2005

On Sun, 23 Oct 2005, spike wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org [mailto:extropy-chat-
>> bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Alfio Puglisi
>> Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2005 12:44 PM
>> To: ExI chat list
>> Subject: Re: [extropy-chat] Nuke 'em
>> On Sun, 23 Oct 2005, Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
>>> There are *real* problems with an electricity to hydrogen scheme (which
>>> can obviously be done through the electrolysis of water)... was $100
> billion.
>> That's cheap. Less than half the cost of the Iraq war so far. So if the US
>> wanted it could convert to hydrogen tomorrow, at least from a cost
>> perspective.
>> Alfio
> Convert to hydrogen?  I must keep reminding even
> my engineer friends that hydrogen is a form of
> energy transmission, not a source.  It doesn't
> explain where the energy comes from.  Solar?  If
> so, why do we need hydrogen in the loop?

You're correct. But I believe Robert was quoting a figure for the 
conversion of the distribution network - from natural gas, oil or whatever 
to hydrogen, and my point was mainly aimed at putting the figure in 
perspective. $100 billion for the entire US is not as huge as it sounds.


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