posted on Aug, 12 2010 @ 07:07 AM
It's pretty obvious that fossil fuel use can not and should not continue at anything approaching the rates we are now using it. It's also clear that
renewable technology isn't capable of powering the world - too expensive and unreliable. And as much as I like current iterations of Nuclear, it's
clear that if massively scaled up we would run out of Uranium rather quickly. It's pretty clear we need alternative Nuclear technologies such as the
Molten Salt Reactor (MSR, otherwise known as the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor or LFTR), Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR, otherwise known
as Integral Fast Reactor, or IFR), or even iterations of Nuclear Fusion. One or more of these technologies has to succeed, or else the transition from
fossil fuels is going to be a slow and painful process. Maybe in order to save the environment, it's time to turn to the one form of energy that
nature doesn't use...
I worry though, that fusion will take funds away from more viable and cheaper projects, like the LFTR, which can do everything that fusion promises,
and has the upside of burning existing depleted uranium and spent fuel into nothing.
[edit on 12/8/2010 by C0bzz]