View Poll Results: What will be energy source 50 yrs from now?

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  • Oil

    1 2.50%
  • Natural Gas

    2 5.00%
  • Coal

    1 2.50%
  • Mix of fossil fuels

    2 5.00%
  • Biomass / ethanol / grown

    4 10.00%
  • Solar

    4 10.00%
  • Wind

    0 0%
  • Nuclear

    9 22.50%
  • Nuclear Fusion

    11 27.50%
  • Chuck Norris slowly eating a banana

    6 15.00%
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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    I really hope so. I'm worried that the 'nuclear renaissance' has been stabbed in the back by anti-nuclear agitators and a woeful lack of education on nuclear power. Initially I didn't think Fukashima would have much of an impact given both the economics/energy demand for many industrializing countries in tandem with the ostensible carbon goals of many European states. However the headlong Franco-German plunge into decommissioning nuclear facilities, the pressure in Britain to cancel or hamstring the development of the proposed new plants has left me less hopeful. The United States has shifted emphasis because of the gas glut and the seemingly permanent obstacles that regulators, legislators, and attorneys put in the way of new plants despite the token few that have been approved. China and India don't seem like they are planning on shifting gears anytime soon have both seen the emergence of anti-nuclear movements for the first time. Don't get me started on Japan's suicidal path.

    I hope that circumstances will be so overwhelming that the obvious benefits of nuclear power can smash up ill-founded opposition but history seems to tell us we should keep our hopes modest. =/
    America Nuclear energy has been in trouble before that after three mile island their have been no new license issued to build new plants.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    America Nuclear energy has been in trouble before that after three mile island their have been no new license issued to build new plants.
    The problems with nuclear plants are mainly political, so far as I know.
    Education.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    The problems with nuclear plants are mainly political, so far as I know.
    They also cost a lot, whereas we still have a ton of coal, natural gas, and oil to get us by. No doubt there's a political angle as well, but don't underplay the economics of this either... it's a huge investment upfront to build a nuclear power plant.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Fusion if they can get it to work correctly - combined with solar for the extra daytime loads. Wind and hydro will have their place as well but I doubt they'll ever be the primary source of power generation.


    In the interim:
    Thorium is a good option to replace coal and oil. Natural gas will be used for heavy transportation and probably aircraft, though new advances in aviation fuel production from water and air might work out better in the long run.
    Nuclear fusion fascinates me. We know the science is good, we can get fusion reactions in a lab, we just aren't technically savvy enough right now to net more than we put in (although I believe we have accomplished this as well, on a small scale. Not sure)

    Once we master fusion this will catapult humanity in to a new era. No kidding.

    Much like there was a Bronze Age followed by an Iron Age, and so forth, mastering fusion would be a giant leap forward for the human race. I hope I'm alive to see it happen.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Solar and electro-magnetic. Fossil fuels will be obsolete.

    I can't back up my claims though. It's just a intuitive guess.

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    Re: What is the energy of the future (50 years)

    Nucleur fusion will replace fossil fuels by 2040

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