[ExI] EP and Peak oil.

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 18:33:30 UTC 2008

On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 7:42 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 2:59 PM, Keith Henson wrote:
>  >  Why does it scare you?  Unless you take the trouble to make plutonium
>  >  without Pu 240 in it, the stuff isn't suitable for bombs.  (The 240
>  >  makes it detonate prematurely, with much less yield.)  The problem is
>  >  you can make pure Pu 239 if you set up to do so.
>  No. You mean 'the stuff isn't *ideal* for bombs'.

Correction accepted.

>  It still makes a pretty big nuclear explosion and terrorists aren't
>  perfectionists.


It might be noted that with the resources of a country (of sorts) the
North Koreans got one made out of spent reactor fuel to go off with an
estimated yield of 0.4 kt.  That's not much of a nuke, but I agree it
would make a hell of a mess in a city.


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