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Reactors based upon U235 will run out of fuel in the next 30-50 years. If breeder reactors are used with U238 the fuel will probably last several hundred years.

Currently there is little interest in U238 reactors because of the ease of diversion of the Plutonium output to weaponry. This could be solved, as could the proper handling of the Plutonium itself, if society wants to badly enough.

I'm not a fan of nuclear power, but economic pressure will make expanded use unavoidable for the next several decades. Better to deal with the side effects now before the momentum for new reactors sweeps rationality aside.

My pet suggestion is to invest in fusion research. There have been recent discoveries with room temperature sonic compression of microbubbles in water producing high enough temperatures to support fusion. The international funding for fusion is about $3 billion per year and is all directed at magnetic confinement of plasmas. This has not proven a promising avenue after 30 years of effort. Parallel research projects should, therefore, be encouraged.

A Manhattan Project style effort of $20-30 billion per year should be undertaken immediately. The wealthy countries can easily afford it and the potential payback is unimaginable in its scope.

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by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Tue Oct 18th, 2005 at 11:03:44 AM EST

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