The Washington Post Wonkblog recently published an article with the following headline Can the world fight climate change and energy poverty at the same time? There is a straightforward answer to that question that involves some hard work and some paradigm busting, but at least it is a path that offers a good chance of success.
Here is the comment that I left on the post. (As of a couple of minutes ago, this has been the “last word” in the discussion for about 24 hours.)
Nuclear energy provides a clear path to energy abundance. The earth’s supply of uranium and thorium are virtually inexhaustible.
Better yet, the energy release process is clean enough to power sealed submarines.
The fuel source for the submarine power plant that I used to run would fit under my office desk, yet it powered a 9,000 ton vessel for 14 years of operation.
The world’s hydrocarbon industry has been running a sustained disinformation campaign for many decades, often with the help of hired guns in the “environmental” community. They want us to fear nuclear energy and ignore its potential; deciding to do that means that we all agree to purchase and burn more fossil fuels. That makes them rich, the atmosphere dirty and the rest of us poorer.
It is time to pull away the curtains and recognize the magnitude of the gift that nature has provided in the form of incredibly abundant, concentrated and clean power right here on Earth.
Publisher, Atomic Insights
PS – Barry Brook has published an excellent guest post from Geoff Russell that deconstructs the environmental impact of building out the WWF’s recommended solar electricity grid – which “only” requires using 1% of the earth’s land mass. Check out 81,000 truckers for solar!. I am engaging in the sincerest form of flattery and borrowing the video embedded at the end of that post. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.