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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-24-06 02:34 AM
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6. The OP is talking about fusion not fission.
Edited on Fri Nov-24-06 02:40 AM by drm604
"Why bother creating fission reactions when we already have one giant fission reactor in the sky?"

The OP is talking about fusion not fission. They are two quite different things. And there is no fission reactor in the sky. The sun runs on fusion.

From here: http://www.princeton.edu/~chm333/2002/spring/Fusion/tou...

The sources of radioactive waste in the fission energy cycle are numerous: From low-level mine-tailings to the high level waste from the burnt out fuel rods, the problem of waste disposal in in the fission cycle is grave and has yet to be solved. The fusion fuel cycle has none of these problems, as the source of fuel doesn't require mining. D is found to a small percentage in sea water and can be separated and T is bred on-site in a reaction with Lithium. The waste product is an inert gas, Helium, which is completely harmless.

As for the dangers of a nuclear accident, this a real concern with fission reactors, meltdowns and runaway reactors are a reality for which Chernobyl serves as an example. This danger is not present in fusion reactions, as fuel is only inserted as needed, in other words, should the reaction become uncontrolled, all it does is go out with no other negative impact than a loss of power.
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