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Saturday, 8 September 2007

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Activists have long chosen to picket power plants that produce toxic waste or create other bad side effects. They urge a Green approach to producing electricity for an ever growing population.

Nuclear power has long been targetted for the deadly hazards it involves. Coal creates its own pollutants and mining dangers. Hydroelectric dams are considered bad for the surrounding habitat. And many claim windmill towers are eyesores and often poorly located to produce adequate electricty.

Meanwhile, a new method of harnessing energy has been completely overlooked in America: Magnetohydrodynamics or MHD power. MHD uses a powerful magnetic field to move fluids.

The concept of MHD was first popularized by the Hollywood motion picture "The Hunt for Red October" which depicted a submarine using the technology for its propulsion system. In real life, Japan created an MHD-driven sea vessel, the Yamato series.

Several years ago, an MHD power plant was built in Israel. Proponents claim that the Etgar 3 system is up to 30 percent more efficient than traditional generators.

Unfortunately, America has refused to consider the Green power plants as a viable source of energy. As with other technologies involving electromagnetism, the US Government has remained virtually silent.

Critics point out that magnetic levitation or maglev, a technology developed in the United States, isn't even used in America for high speed trains.

"People are afraid of magnets," said a White House spokesman.

"Just look at the number of children dying from eating tiny ones on their toys," he said.

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