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    i appreciate that the finer side of the physical sciences would have me lynched but i have come to an interesting proposition:

    sine the majority of human power comes from fossil fuels, due to the process of combustion (which in its entirety does not split atoms but combine them) are we living in an age where we are powered by fusion after all?

    Chemical fallacy? rhetoric though it may comments welcome...


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    but the movement of the wind, does it consider fusion?


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    does not split atoms but combine them
    It's probably more accurate to say combustion rearranges them. New molecules are formed, not new elements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    does not split atoms but combine them
    It's probably more accurate to say combustion rearranges them. New molecules are formed, not new elements.
    thanks - very good point.

    the wind doesn't come into it as I was asking about the MAJORITY - not the 5% (if that) which is currently wind.

    even to make new elements the raw materials are rearranged (i know what you mean though) and they both involve a combination. elements might require higher energy levels but without any formal training my laymans view still says it is a process of fusion.
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    When we burn fossil fuels we are rearranging the ways in which particular elements are combined. This releases energy that was 'trapped' in the fuels when they formed. The elements that form the fuel and those that form the waste products are exactly the same.

    It is true that we have fused carbon with oxygen as part of the process, but this is not how chemists or physicists use the word fuse. Fusion means the combination of elements to produce one or more different elements. This either requires, or releases a much greater amount of energy than can be obtained from chemical combination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    When we burn fossil fuels we are rearranging the ways in which particular elements are combined. This releases energy that was 'trapped' in the fuels when they formed. The elements that form the fuel and those that form the waste products are exactly the same.

    It is true that we have fused carbon with oxygen as part of the process, but this is not how chemists or physicists use the word fuse. Fusion means the combination of elements to produce one or more different elements. This either requires, or releases a much greater amount of energy than can be obtained from chemical combination.
    awesome - thanks for clearing it up.
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