Source: Defense News
quote: A Real Green Strike Force
quote: JET is the only operational machine to observe fusion from D-T (Deuterium-Tritium) reactions. Such fusion reactions have been maintained on JET for around five seconds. Experiments in a device called TFTR in Princeton, USA also observed fusion neutrons from their plasma but TFTR is no longer operational. The next step tokamak (ITER), which has been designed and should be built in the next ten years or so, will demonstrate much more powerful fusion reactions for 5-10 minutes and will, hopefully, provide the stepping stone to commercial fusion powerplants
quote: I want you to think up an idea that will produce the necessary power for a large ship, without mining something. Whether it be oil, coal, or Uranium. There really isn't anything, is there?
quote: Nuclear power these days is really as safe as anything else. Are there risks? Sure there are risks but there are risks with anything anymore.
quote: You would need MASSIVE wind and solar farms.
quote: I just don't like the fact we are moving from one fuel to another, and the effects that mining for it has.
quote: Uranium ain't going to last forever, you can only mine it out of the ground once.
quote: Wave, Hydro, Geothermal... Geothermal is probably the one that interests me most. It's a GOOD replacement for nuclear if they get the research in so that they can be built in more places.
quote: Hydro is limited by location, but hell if they can build it they should instead of a nuclear plant, it also can provide good base load power.
quote: Basically instead of going 100% Nuclear everywhere, they should use whatever green alternative that works best in any given location.
quote: 2. Quiet. Diesel engines are only run in emergency circumstances, and coolant pumps and turbines are actually very quiet. Quiet, so that they cannot be found.
quote: I would rather replace it with another energy source that doesn't need massive mining operations which in some cases removes entire mountains and destroys large areas of land
quote: please name me one power source we use that does not fit into that description
quote: Furthermore, those things DO take massive amounts of mining.
quote: Don't be such an idiot.
quote: It's a 1 time cost in terms of mining the resources needed to build renewable energy power sources.
quote: And that's on top of the mining costs for things like Iron to build it to begin with.
quote: Then if everyone wants Nuclear Power then everyone want's Uranium, then we have the same problem as we do with oil now.
quote: we have plenty of nuclear material for traditional nuclear power plants and breeder reactors for thousands of years.
quote: He's referring to the reactor being fragmented by battle damage and producing a localized radiation release.
quote: There would be ZERO ecological impact or health risk.
quote: Why, exactly, is the military trying to be "green" again? Oh, so the liberals can continue demonizing the armed forces for "wasting taxpayer dollars." That's right.
quote: In the article it says that to diminish the dependancy on foreign fuels, which make sense, considering most of the oil around the world are in countries hostile (or somewhat hostile) to the US, like Iran, Venezuela and Russia.
quote: Either way I think there is a good opportunity ... to quit funding countries that clearly hate us.
quote: Personally Venezuela, Nigeria, and Columbia are the ones I'd like to not see on the list. To some extent Brazil as well. Interestingly Iran doesn't even make the list.
quote: There also issues where nuclear powered ships cannot berth in some ports because of the fact they are nuclear powered.
quote: but there are just as many bad things as well
quote: For better or worse the U.S. military is trying to fight an "army of one" campaign to switch its massive fuel consumption base to domestic biofuels, safeguarding itself from foreign volatility. And despite some small bills to the U.S. taxpayers the push appears to be working.