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    Jun 25 2012: You guys at shell should really put research into fusion technology. A fusion reactor is a nuclear reactor that doesn't produce any radioactive waste at all, and the fuel they use would be unlimited. They simply use hydrogen which can always be extracted from water and other elements anywhere on the earth. Besides, coal, natural gas and shale give of radioactive agents, that, if the Atomic Energy Commission knew about, your energy turbines would get shut down.
    • Jun 25 2012: It might be a good solution. the nuclear energy is really efficient. But what about the safety? I think in case of a meltdown we are going to have a huge amount of radioactive waste that the future generation will inherit from us. So, how can we deal with that?
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        Jun 26 2012: Nuclear power plant's today use fission which dies produce waste. Fusion however, is entirely safe and wouldn't produce any radioactive waste. A meltdown is not possible with a fusion generator. In fact, a melt down is just what it sounds like. When a fission reactor fails, the fuel gets so hot, it melts and causes a geothermal explosion. But, in the case of fusion, you can't have a meltdown because it uses harmless gasses as fuel . If something went wrong, you would just get a huge cloud of harmless Helium and Hydrogen. Fusion would be powerful, clean, safe and would have a practically inexhaustible source of fuel. Hydrogen. You can get hydrogen from water with electrolysis which, on a large scale, would be really cheap.

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