Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Peak Uranium

Just a quick post. Coal looks even more attractive than usual in light of the fact that uranium is currently being consumed faster than it is being dug out of the ground.


  1. After a little bit of looking into this issue, it's clear that it's more complex than this article makes it sound. There's some debate about the scarcity of uranium, whether or not we actually risk running out of the stuff anytime soon. I don't know what the answers are.

    Have you heard of extracting uranium from seawater? This entire site is interesting, but take a look at this:

  2. Yes, it's always more complex than it looks at first. Actually, that was kind of my point in posting about this. Some enthusiasts of nuclear power seem to believe there's virtually no limit.

    I hadn't given any thought to whether uranium might be too scarce for our long term energy needs until I read that 65 kilotons are being consumed annually. Whatever happened to all those informational movies from the fifties showing scientists holding up a film canister and saying "the amount of uranium that would fill THIS container could power a city the size of Dallas for 6 months" ?? Was that just a pack of propaganda and lies? Could our precious military-industrial complex have deceived us?

    Well, at least these guys won't tell us lies: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/29944