Ban seawater

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The always light weight magazine Scientific American managed convert itself into unreliable, biased, doom-scaremongering, by feministas mismanaged publication in less than a quarter of century. I borrow and glance through it from time to time, monitoring the progress of charlatanism and retreat of science. Articles by women, about women and quoting women abound, and while I admire female scientists and wish there was more of them, I loath the politically correct, emotional,would-be scientific pamphleteering to which ambitious women and less-manly men are prone. That practically every item asks for or at least suggest that more money is needed, under pain of dire consequences to the mankind reduces SciAm to war-time propaganda brochures. Scientists used to be able to think without shining pieces of silver.

radioactive.signWhen I refer to an article in that publication it does not mean that I accept it as a truth. It is possible that it is yet another journalistic fabrication, nowadays going under the euphemism ‘false news’. Still – SciAm of July 2016 has on p17 “Water Power – Extracting uranium from seawater could offer reliable fuel for nuclear power plants.”

Sea water, beside other, boring compounds, contains UO2, uranium dioxide, in small, but not insignificant quantities – 3.3 micrograms per litre. Japanese, not surprisingly, were the first to get interested and so now even the US Department of Energy got interested. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on developing a material able to extract that useful stuff. It is braided polyethylene fibre coated with amidoxime which attract uranium dioxide. The recovery procedure is described in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. So far the process is uneconomical. Though, apparently, there are 4 million tons of uranium available in all oceans, it needs 27,000 kilograms of uranium to run a 1-gigawatt reactor for one year. It takes eight weeks for one kilogram of absorbing fibre to extract six grams of uranium.

Hmm, was Fukushima nuclear power station built close to the sea for that reason?

According to Stephen Kung of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, “Terrestrial sources of uranium are expected to last for only another 100 to 200 more years” though I am not sure whether he meant normal years or the current anti-civilisation environmentalist years. As the seawater process is, so far, impractical, the green rabble has not called for its ban; at least as far as I know. We may yet see it. If anybody asked me, I would recommend more serious investigation of thorium as a reactor fuel – My opinion that it looks promising is based only on the volume of anti-thorium propaganda.


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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3 Responses to Ban seawater

  1. Aussie Bruce says:

    Our socialist “environmentalists” will not allow nuclear power in the Western, semi-democratic society until after its collapse and replacement by a global socialist dictatorial rule. Our grandchildren, if any, will curse us for our complacency.

  2. Glory Is says:

    The logic of those simple, loud, mostly young people is missing, and where atoms are concerned, totally wrong. But – They do not want to save the planet, or animals, and last of all, the human race. They are nihilists of the most primitive kind, a kind even Dostoevsky would be despairing over. Homicidal, suicidal masochists represent the end of our civilisation, which is shortly to be replaced by the dark centuries of Islam. If you are normal, enjoy your last years.

  3. Lantern Man says:

    As I understand it, a thorium reactor would be making its own future fuel. Where is any profit in that? Has to be stopped.

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