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MY VISION OF UTOPIA…

Clean sources of energy and social skills MUST be extrapolated by virtue of their possibility, at least to their already, albeit sparingly, proven possibility.
We CAN efficiently sustain billions of happy humans… but we won’t.

The fact that the department of energy has (quite literally) abandoned a path to progress in favor of just dig’n more fossils substantiates a belief that “inability” is a planned event, to ever increase wealth and power within a system designed on fossil fuels, with the exception of Moore’s law.

Moore’s law enables machine automation which is indeed a real game changer (and about to happen coincidentally at the peak of oil). One that could’ve ushered in a type of utopia (by use of a different social system?), but most probably will cause massive unemployment (within this system).

Eventually, machines will make everything and thus the PERCEIVED energy shortage will become a cruel reality for a seemingly excess population and all their children that will (by that time) have no means to make a living, because corporate conglomerations will own the land, the water, the “remaining” energy and, of course, their fancy machines.

Do to an inability to implement proven clean energy on a grand scale, and due to the lack of overall vision and action (except as in a WWII scenario) to collectively address machine evolution within dinosaur social systems, this is my nightmarish vision of “utopia”.

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Everything else is trivial in comparison

To Whom it may concern,

Increased productivity through UNLIMITED CLEAN ENERGY should be the number one goal, no matter what. The quickest way is through the liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) as proven at ORNL 50 years ago to be a promising alternative.

No need for energy stalemates and fossil fueled depletion which threaten maintaining cutting edge defense capabilities.

Preventing excess CO2 and ocean acidification by seriously reducing carbon emissions is critical, if we are to prevent the next oceanic anoxic event.

Physicists suggest that the ONE MILLION times concentration of energy from nuclear is the easiest and quickest way to convert over from hydrocarbons, HOWEVER, not any nuclear is suitable for widespread global use, especially, today’s inherently dangerous light water reactors.

A much better reactor design uses a molten mix which prevent any chances of meltdown or hydrogen explosions, which burns the fuel efficiently, who’s fuel does not need enrichment, and which can actually burn spent waste. Therefore, less waste is created from LFTR even as the living standards of BILLIONS of people can be brought up to decent standards.

 

Everything else is just trivial in comparison except for the increased economic productivity that results from unlimited, (almost) clean electricity and its conversion to liquid fuels and or batteries.

Thank you for your consideration.

“Far out” Machine-ism

If we extracted just 1/10th of 1% of the lithium in the oceans, we would have enough to build some 18 Billion Tesla (electric car) type batteries… (search “Karen Pease ocean lithium”)
If we used thorium in a molten salt reactor (which was proven back in the 1960’s at ORNL) we would have unlimited (almost) clean energy…
And if we used the same type of machines used to crank out the petro based vehicles to make the batteries we would be able to afford to save the biosphere from ourselves.
But the hardest thing to do is the collective action thing… because TV rules the world.
We are not quite ready to “stop growing”, even in the face of all the problems associated with it. Eventually, we will have to figure out how to live┬ásustainably, without any additional growth. Fossil fueled depletion into an overheated world need not apply, but is our only option if we continue with the capitalist (or any other “ism” based) social systems known today. However, we must continue hope for a new system to emerge that does not base resources on a bottom line achieved only by the cheapest wage countries, one that does not create inferior products made from (cheaper) non-environmentally conscious extraction methods, and one that does not have to impose rations on the global population due to its eventual folly.
This new system could be called “A machine economy based on the efficient extraction and distribution of resources devoid of profit”. At first, factories that use advanced machine automation create “things” that require installation jobs. Solar panels and batteries fit the bill. Since these things would be created for almost free, 24/7, installers fill the unemployment gap and industrialism begins anew in ALL parts of the world within current systems. As automation continues, everyone begins to receive “benefits” by virtue of their existence. Free water, free food, free housing… free entertainment and air! Actually, in a world where automation creates unemployment, these become OUR RIGHTS!
You see, if we can automate the infrastructure (and use electric cars, hydroponics, leds, etc, for more energy efficiency) we can do away with the notion of DIE OFFS due to economic collapse. People, instead go to work on coordination in order to, at first maintain and tech upgrade the infrastructure… for free (because, at some point in time, there will be no money due to the collapse of present economic systems) and then, to completely automate almost “everything else”. Machines build themselves, they build buildings out of, say, carbon graphine and machines make room for the environment too by relying on a newly created electrical infrastructure based upon natural gas, algae, solar, wind and batteries…
And, ultimately, by LFTR, the far better way to split the atom. Yes, it will take the awesome power of a type of reactor invented wholly fifty years ago to enable the steady state comprising upwards of 50 billion people without ration!
Only in this way can humanity fulfill the need to grow and at the same time, REDUCE degradation.