[ RadSafe ] Fission Future

James Darrough darrougj at onid.oregonstate.edu
Thu Aug 14 15:33:34 CDT 2014

I believe we should continue to research and perfect Thorium fueled reactor
designs. I realize they can be a security issue due to U-233 being produced
in the core, but since Thorium is almost ubiquitous, found in beach sands
throughout the world I believe, it only makes sense to develop a way to use
it in power production. 

Nuclear Engineers and Scientists are well aware of the methodology needed,
but they are all afraid of the U-233 being too easy to extract, and since it
can be used for nuclear weapons, it's a no-no to them as well as DOD and
DOE, I would assume.

My two cents worth.


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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Fission Future

     A while ago, Andy Karam gave some references to  support the idea that
our fossil fuels (oil, natural gas
etc.) will only last another 50 to 100 years or so.  I expect this is  bad
news.  Perhaps quite soon, we should start to build another generation  of
fission reactors, with perhaps even a doubling or tripling of their  number.
We should start to do this in the next 20 to 40 years.  Of course,  these
reactors should be built in geologically stable regions of the  world.
    Methane may also be another source of energy for the  future.  I wonder
what Oliphant had to say about the future of  fusion.???
    Perhaps we can manufacture oil, natural gas, etc. in  some volumes by
burying crop or other leftover biomatter in landfills covered by  Earth
mounds.  Perhaps it would take too long to make oil, natural gas,  coal etc.
in this manner.  Any info. on this, Mr. McCarn???
    Joe Preisig
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