pstarr wrote:[How much is way, way cheaper? You quote $30. How about $5/barrel? Would it be cheaper than that?
Here's rough estimate until we know more:Oil to Nickel: The E-Cat Energy Equivalence
In a nutshell, pretty f*****g cheap.
1.25 grams of nickel = 5 barrels of oil energy equivalent.
pstarr wrote:Would it solve the peak phosphorus problem? How about ocean acidification from carbolic acid?
No one understands enough about ocean processes to know how they recover from acidification. But I imagine they would if we quit burning coal.Are We Running Out of Phosphorus?
Some scientists, notably Dana Cordell and Stuart White of the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, believe phosphorus supplies could begin running out in 30 to 40 years, threatening long-term, worldwide famine. See their research here.
The idea was fleshed out by White and another researcher, James Elser of the University of California, in an article in Foreign Policy. "Our dwindling supply of phosphorus, a primary component underlying the growth of global agricultural production, threatens to disrupt food security across the planet during the coming century," claim the authors. "This is the gravest natural resource shortage you've never heard of." Click here for the full story.
Then the New York Times picked up on this and ran a bit in their "Idea of the Day" blog back in April last year.
But "Peak phosphate" is baloney, say others.
“World Phosphate Rock Reserves and Resources,” a study released in September by the IFDC, a public organization focused on international food security, estimates that global resources of phosphate rock suitable to produce phosphate rock concentrate, phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers and other phosphate-based products will be available for several hundred years.
"There is no evidence of a peak phosphorus event," says Steven J. Van Kauwenbergh, principal scientist and leader of IFDC’s Phosphate Research and Resources Initiative.
Steve Jasinski agrees. "I don't think there is a peak phosphorus situation to be concerned with at this time," says Jasinski, mineral commodity specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey. "Phosphate resources are large. The (peak phosphorus) assumptions were based on older reserve estimates and didn't take into account improvements in processing, higher prices, and other factors."
"The running out of phosphate in 30 years is a complete lie, pushed by a bunch of academics with an environmental axe to grind," adds Barrie Bain, an analyst with Fertecon, an industry tracking organization.
Who controls what "Rather than peak phosphorus, there should be more emphasis on future supply patterns, with Morocco controlling most of the world's reserves," Jasinski told me.
Most phosphate mines, including those in the U.S. which own 17% of global resources, have been in decline for the past decade, hindered in part by environmental regulation. So companies must look farther afield to find supplies.
According to the IFDC report, Morocco is sitting on about 50 billion tons of phosphate rock – a 300 to 400 year supply and possibly 80% of world reserves.
pstarr wrote:Is that because we would carry the cold fusion around with us? If so, are the radiations dangerous?
Yes. And No.