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  •  An Idea: Retrofit Nukes for Desalination (2+ / 0-)
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    bustacap, Sam I Am

    Not sure why you mentioned "desalination" here, bonddad, but one of the ideas that I have had for sometime (not sure if I read this somewhere) is to, in the long term, retrofit all the nukes out there, and turn them into powering desalination of sea water all around the world.

    We can get both:

    1. Global Nuclear Disarmament
    1. Plenty of water and spare energy for everyone (see Patriot for Al Gore's series on Water Wars in DKOS water tagged diaries)

    Of course, we need to figure out how to safely stash away nuclear waste, but the residues after power extraction can't be worse than the fissile material sitting on warhears. Right?

    Two birds in one shot!

    •  Desalination (1+ / 0-)
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      NeuvoLiberal

      does have serious environmental consequences that need to be addressed.  Where are you going to dump all the solids?

      Many (maybe most) nuclear plants in the US are nowhere near salt water.

      The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

      by deathsinger on Thu May 25, 2006 at 01:28:12 PM PDT

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      •  new plants that retrofit (0+ / 0-)

        nuclear warheads into desalination/power generation can be built near the sea.

        Interesting point about solids. I have no prior knowledge in this, but I am thinking this:

        1. salt could probably be sent to salt beds (or make new ones somewhere)
        1. other solids are probably environmentally safe if disposed off at some distance from the desalination plants where the salty water is pulled in.

        Plan9 mentioned the other day that naturally found salt beds are in fact excellent places to stash away spent nuclear waste. Not sure if the salt generated as above could also help.

        But interesting possibilities seem to exist here.

        •  In the Persian Gulf (1+ / 0-)
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          sacrelicious

          they simply send the waste back into the sea, but I don't think they have fisheries like we do.  I don't want to try to explain to local fisherman that we harmed their livelihood by desalinating water.

          I would not be in favor of downblending plutonium weapons for reactor use.

          The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

          by deathsinger on Thu May 25, 2006 at 01:59:44 PM PDT

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