November 21st, 2006

confused, contemplative, puzzle

Fusion. The answer to the global energy crisis?

States sign nuclear energy pact

The media seem to have gone bananas about this recently. A sort of all-singing-all-dancing solution to climate change.

OK, it might be a useful technology in the future and may be worth exploring to see what potential it has. However, what are the drawbacks? OK, the waste may be active for less long than fission, but we still have to do something with it and who knows what sort of things might occur that we haven't forseen which might make this a complete disaster. Yes, try it, see what happens, but it sounds dangerously like we want to rely on it.

Also, is it really sensible to jump on it so enthusiatically. Most sources seem to imply it will take 100 years before it's a viable for everyday mass use across the planet (if it does turn out to be an answer to everything). So, what are we going to do in the meantime? Wouldn't it be better to invest in improving the renewable technologies we already have to provide a more short-term solution and then follow up fusion as funds allow, possible even putting it aside for a later date?

At this point, I'll just mutter something about eggs and the number of baskets to put them in...
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