Thoughts About Energy | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 37 | p. 4 | Letters
Issue Date: September 14, 2009

Thoughts About Energy

Department: Letters

Here's another reason not to burn coal, oil, or natural gas. They represent a vast storehouse of usable chemicals. It's a shame to just burn them.

I vote for nuclear fission as a good shovel-ready power source for now and the next 25 to 50 years. Then we should be ready for fusion energy. One thought about hydrogen as an automotive fuel: It seems like a nice, friendly water-vapor exhaust. What about on a packed freeway on a high-relative-humidity, cold, and cloudy day? Would a tremendous fog hazard result?

E. Ellsworth Hackman III
Hockessin, Del.

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