Exposing 5 Energy Related Myths
Myth #1, It is OK to allow governments and environmentalists to restrict clean energy development.
Excess CO2 causes changing climate and ocean acidification. Fossil fuels are being burned at ever faster rates because developing countries are rapidly developing their infrastructure. Fossil fuels cause pollution and adverse health effects and tar sands are converting forests into wastelands. Fossil fuels will not last very long. Therefore, in order to DEAL with these problems, we need a VAST supply of clean energy! We can NOT allow any organization to impose laws that restrict the ability for any clean energy development. Future prosperity depends on cheap clean energy.
Myth #2, Solar and wind can do it all at this time.
Solar and wind can NOT power “everything”, however, they can power a lot. Solar and wind could supply up to 20% of global power needs, right now, if machine mass produced for cheap. After that, very affordable and efficient energy storage will be needed. Machine automation is a must for inexpensive electric car batteries, as well. Nevertheless, we MUST promote machine made solar and wind because they have AWESOME potential and are almost cheap enough (already) to not need subsidies. Thousands of square miles of solar and millions of wind turbines are little detriment compared to fossil fueled depletion into an over heated biosphere. We will, however, need a more powerful baseload source of clean energy to provide for the needs of a growing planetary civilization.
Myth #3, Conservation and efficiency will solve all the problems.
Efficiency and conservation (demand side) can reduce up to 50% of global power needs, however, the developing world will still need about FIVE TIMES what the West consumes now. Thus efficiency and conservation, although necessary, can NOT prevent depletion in a fossil fueled world. We MUST promote efficiency and conservation but NOT at the expense of clean energy development!
Myth #4, Nuclear can not safely power the world.
Nuclear energy, despite being generated in the old fashioned, inefficient and inherently dangerous water reactors, have the best safety record by far over each of: coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric. Even though, there are better ways to split the atom. The Molten Salt Reactor (and other closed cycles) have already been proven to the demonstration level decades ago. Closed cycle molten salt reactors are inherently melt down proof. Now, MSR’s (or better alternative) MUST be re-developed and produced by the thousands in a factory setting. Wastes from the closed cycle constitute just 1% of that from today’s water reactors and decay back down to natural levels in about 300 years, and thus must be isolated for only about 1/1,000ths of the time required by today’s “spent fuel”. Fast reactors and MSR’s fission their fuel on the order of 100 times more efficiently than today’s water reactors! Also, liquid fuels can be synthesized from water and air by the high process heat of the MSR.
A world devoid of abundant clean energy is a world at war.
Humanity in depletion mode will be FAR more detrimental to the environment than lots of wind, solar, batteries and nuclear. Thus any organization or government that seeks to limit clean energy development is against humanity AND the environment!
Promote machine mass produced wind, solar and electric vehicles.
Promote factory produced closed cycle molten salt reactors.
Don’t just kill a watt – Megawatt !
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