[ExI] pentagon wants orbiting solar power stations
sjatkins at mac.com
Sun Oct 14 05:46:05 UTC 2007
On Oct 13, 2007, at 3:56 PM, hkhenson wrote:
> Both fusion and fission generate neutrons. There is a really big
> problem in that neutrons can be silently diverted into making Pu
> 239. The problem will only be recognized when a city is terror nuked
> without warning.
I have heard it said that such usages to produce Pu 239 is not a
simple process and leaves telltales allowing detection. As far as it
being possible I think this is very well recognized as it is used as
an argument against countries like Iran developing even supposedly
peaceful nuclear tecnology. So I doubt very much we are blind to the
possibility or require a city being nuked to alert us.
> Also, the biggest use of oil is transport fuel, and that not easy to
> displace with fission. It can be done, but the resultant fuel will
> be very expensive. See my discussion on dollar gasoline here a
> while back.
What kind of transport are we talking? Some 60+% of oil used in the
US is used by cars and trucks. How many of them could run just fine
off of electricity generated by nuclear power?
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