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    NASA Moves To "Save The World" From Yellowstone Supervolcano "Threat"

    Brian Wilcox of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab explained to BBC that the US space agency plans to “drill up to 10km down into the supervolcano, and pump down water at high pressure,” thus slowly extracting heat from it.

    He noted that while the cost of this venture is estimated at $3.46 billion, it may also present an interesting investment opportunity as the volcano, which “currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” can be essentially converted into a huge geothermal plant which would generate “electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh.”
    "You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity," he explained.
    Wilcox also remarked that the drilling project must be handled with utmost care as a slightest mistake might actually trigger the eruption the scientists are trying to prevent.

    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...volcano-threat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Wilcox also remarked that the drilling project must be handled with utmost care as a slightest mistake might actually trigger the eruption the scientists are trying to prevent.
    Sounds like a good movie idea.

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    "Sounds great, what could go wrong?"
    --"Oh ya know, we might just trigger the premature eruption of a super volcano, no biggie!"

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    Sounds like a super bad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Collins View Post
    Sounds like a super bad idea.
    Non-nuclear MAD? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual...ed_destruction

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    "Sounds great, what could go wrong?"
    --"Oh ya know, we might just trigger the premature eruption of a super volcano, no biggie!"
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

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    And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity
    The last part certainly is true, the first part of the statement sounds a bit too confident to me.
    "I am a bird"

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post

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