This thread has a lot of really long posts! I keep wanting to read it but never have that kind of time... but, this morning I took the time and read the whole thing!
Some fascinating arguments on both sides of this one. Over all, the idea of "batteries" being fusion reactors make a good deal of sense. Really, the word "battery" actually means a group of similar things working together for a common purpose. Before the widespread use of electricity, the word "battery" was most commonly used to refer to a line of cannon deployed on a battlefield. In fact, even the modern parlance of "battery" being used to describe, say, a D cell, is a misnomer: a single "battery" is in fact technically a "power cell" and a bunch of them together equals a battery. In fact, the only common battery that is actually a "battery" is a 9 volt, which is actually six AAAA size power cells (yes: that's 4 A's) that are soldered together and in a common casing. The idea of the Enterprise
's batteries being, in fact, a row of small fusion plants, perfectly fits the definition of the word.
But I did notice this little oddity:
Robert Comsol wrote:
However, back in July 1969 the inhabitants of Omaha state would have witnessed the crash of a rather large UFO.
, where are you from? Most Americans would know that Omaha is a city in the state of Nebraska, not a state by itself...