Robert Zubrin approaches problems like an engineer. He tries to solve them. The engineering approach to problems is problematic when the problems are unsolvable–like the problem of human nature, for instance. But when it comes to fuel, actually trying to solve our fuel problems is an idea whose time has come. Zubrin’s flex-fuel plan allows vehicles to use methanol, which can be economically derived from coal, natural gas, and wood and organic byproducts. It’s a great plan. (more…)
Whenever I’ve looked at the feasibility of orbiting space solar power stations beaming power back to the ground the costs have just looked too prohibitive. (more…)
Three-Mile Island was a successful failure. Breakdowns will happen, and the fact that the breakdown of the Three-Mile Island atomic pile was so inconsequential is a tribute to the engineers who built her and to the inherent safety of nuclear power outside Russia.