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We will need liquid hydrocarbon fuels indefinitely for airplanes, and probably for ships, heavy construction equipment, and farm equipment. Making hydrocarbon fuels from seawater ought to be a net negative CO2 transfer to the atmosphere and oceans. CO2 that results from burning the fuels will go into the atmosphere, and eventually back into the oceans, but surely some will be trapped in plants and soils.

Extracting uranium from seawater will not be necessary for a very long time. The United States has 80,000 tonnes of spent fuel and 900,000 tonnes of depleted uranium. This is enough to fuel an all-nuclear all-electric American energy economy for 575 years -- longer than that to the extent solar and wind contribute. The long term attraction is that it is essentially limitless. Uranium salts are water soluble, and are continuously entering the oceans from the bottom and in rivers. The concentration of uranium in seawater and ocean-bottom rocks is in equilibrium. As uranium is taken from seawater, more enters from rocks. There is enough uranium already in the oceans to provide all the energy humanity currently uses for a million years.


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Why Renewable Sources Aren't Enough

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