>From: Shuan Rose [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 6:38 AM
> Have heard that short term, we can build more fission
>plants. People don't
>like fission plants, but they probably dislike brownouts and
>giving up their
>SUVs even less, so I expect a big push for fission power. I understand that
>France and Japan already get more than half their power from plain old
THey get more than half of their electricity from nuclear, 75% to be exact,
not more than half their power. France's energy use (2000) is as follows:
Natural gas 14.3%
Wind & solar 4.6%
They would need to double their nukes in order to replace oil.
> Then there's the High Frontier guys. They say that we can
>build huge Solar
>Power Satellites out in space, collect solar power, and "beam" it back to
>earth via microwave or laser beams.
>Also, I have heard tell of geothermal power. Of course, none of
>runs a car. What about these alternatives?
I doubt they are economic. It costs $200/lb to get to orbit. And solar isn't
really economically competitive yet without adding the cost of getting
things to space yet.
Forget geothermal--not enough places where this can work.
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