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I support reversing that policy to increase exploration in areas where it is environmentally safe and make our country more energy secure.
The Problem: Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), a sensitive radiometric dating technique, is in some cases finding trace amounts of radioactive carbon-14 in coal deposits, amounts that seem to indicate an age of around 40,000 years.
The team will be presenting results to date this September at the 9th International Conference on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry in Japan.) Finally, I did also get a copy of David Lowe's 1989 Radiocarbon paper. A summary: (1) old coal often has a little more C by radioactive decay.
He only discussed radium, and discounted this as a major effect based on low concentrations of radium in coal (and yet my own brief stint of research has turned up many abstracts showing that concentrations of radionuclides vary widely in coal - some of these are pre-1989 so I don't know why Lowe didn't address this more carefully). on the Fundamental Aspects of Modern Physics, 2000, Luderitz, Namibia.
I use scintillant every day in my own work to detect H-tagged hormones.
But I only use a milliliter at a time - the concept of 800 tons really boggles the mind! So, the physics community has gotten interested in finding out whether and why fossil fuels have native radioactivity.
The aim is to find fossil fuels that have a or less; below that, neutrino activity can be reliably detected.
The energy policy we pursue as a nation influences our quality of life and how America competes in the global economy.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, I am committed to developing an energy policy that provides clean, reliable and affordable energy for all Americans.