The Atomic Show #117 – Joe Shuster, Beyond Fossil Fools: Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040
Joe Shuster, like T. Boone Pickens, is a successful entrepreneur who has recognized that the world has an energy problem. His approach to the solution, however, is more technically sound.
Joe Shuster has founded or co-founded 8 companies in his 50 year career in engineering, consulting and manufacturing. His retirement project is to share what he has learned during a focused research effort to figure out how to solve the world’s energy, climate and water challenges.
His book, Beyond Fossil Fools: Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040, is a clear eyed analytical approach to computing the scale of the problem, the possible approaches for solving the problem and his computation of the best way to minimize all of the challenges associated with continuing to enable an abundant lifestyle for human beings.
He has pledged that any proceeds from the book will be invested into energy research, he is spending 3-5 days per week talking with groups, schools, and conferences, and he is writing additional op-ed pieces in order to share his conclusion that the world needs to develop and expand the use of nuclear fission energy NOW. He believes that wind and solar have a role to play, but that they are destined to be bit players in the unfolding drama.
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nice interview, but please fix your voice, it sounds like you speak through a pillow or something….
The question is: Independence by 2040? Assuming a 20 year ramp up to Independence, that leaves scant time to get started. With venture Capital all but frozen the time line is not realistic. So, in the mean time, people talk and talk and talk. …..Or, on the otherhand, they remain silent. The issue becomes one of comflicting information and bad projections based on a technology (Pebble Bed Reactors) that should become history. Relevence of something not implemented nor well understood puts this in the realm of Water Witches and Spooks. Jeane Manning (Atlantis Rising columnist) and NEMCA activist, has a valid point with current nuclear (be it heavy water or pebble bed) about “How clean is something that should be buried?
All of this whilst Dr. Godin and the Russian Academy of Science develope a fussion hydraulic turbine for public utility and military applications. Note: No commercial use of the new technology is planned. This is because OIL and GAS are the backbone of the Russian economy. Sound familiar? The point is, it is time to move on ….or remain stagnant waiting burial.
Thanks for pointing out Joe Shuster’s book, and for an interesting interview. It definitely sounds interesting, and there are a number of enthusiastic and informative reviews on Amazon. I’ll see if I can get the county library to order it.
Dave P. – Tell me where to send the book and I will donate it to your county library.
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