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22 Responses to “KunstlerCast 281– Chatting with Steve St. Angelo about Oil and Finance” Subscribe

  1. Gestalt October 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    This is significant, and clearly imminent.

    • thenuttyneutron October 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

      Yes it is. It did not have to be this way. With long term planning, we could have made the jump to other old technologies that could both close the carbon cycle and give us all more energy than we could ever use for the foreseeable future.

      Energy content of a pound of oil: about 2.4×10^7 joules

      Energy Content of a pound of Uranium: about 3.7×10^13 joules

      This is an enormous 154160000% jump in energy content per unit mass.

      The best part about this is that we have many more tons of fertile material that has been produced during the mining process for potash and other minerals used in the agricultural sector. You can burn Thorium in reactors to breed Uranium 233 fuel using light water reactor designs. It would be far better to burn it in Molten Salt Reactors which were first developed and TESTED more than 50 years ago!

      The BTUs are out there in massive quantities in “mining waste tailings” just waiting for us to use them. The amount of energy that we would have to use to make us of them is far less than the rate of energy return.

      If you were to combine this OLD MSR technology with another OLD technology that converts carbon rich materials into oil distillates, you would have all of our energy needs covered to maintain what we have.

      We would not have to engage in Empire building all over the world to keep this all going. With time when we figure out how to make fuel cells that contain only common materials (no rare earth elements) and a way to store the H2, you could move the automobile in a new direction and power them with nuclear power.

      The only way this will change is when the pain becomes unbearable and the old guard dies. What I worry most about is that we may not have the capital to set it up once the public is on board. The religion of “renewables” will fight this like hell to our collective detriment. The longer we delay, the sooner we reach the point of no return and will be unable to use this solution.

      Missing from all of this is the discussion of climate change. Does it really matter if the fossil fuels that we are using now are getting harder to find when we may be setting in motion the next Mass Extinction by changing the chemistry of our planet’s atmosphere? Close the carbon cycle with the nuke/Fischer-Tropes solution and we can stop making the problem worst. The sooner we act, the less the problem of climate change will be. It will only get worst the longer we delay.

      • seawolf77 October 10, 2016 at 8:49 am #

        Yeah but to use oil you need a internal combustion engine. To use uranium you need a nuclear reactor.

        • thenuttyneutron October 11, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

          Did you read the whole posting before you replied? I see above your post that I specifically mentioned the Fischer-Tropes process in the last paragraph. You can feed any carbon rich material into these chemical plants to make synthetic oil. The only thing that matters is having enough energy to make CO, H2 and heat required to make the oil.

          You also do not need oil based fuels to make an I.C.E. work. They can be modified to burn H2. The key is getting the correct mixture and beefing up the engine to handle the hotter burning H2 mixture. The problem with H2 is that storing enough of it to make a car worth while can present an engineering challenge.

          Either of these solutions can be paired up with an advanced reactor designs. Physics does not care how you generate the BTUs.

  2. UnhingedBecauseLucid October 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    I had a feeling that Hill’s ETp model and Louis Arnoux would begin to attract broader attention sooner or later.

    I’ll sure as hell be keeping my eyes on that F&*%ing ball…

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