Tuesday, June 03, 2008

End of an Era

The era of unlimited abundance is ending. Instead of delusioning on windmills and solar power destined to provide only a few percent of our needs for the next 300 years, the world must go immediately to nuclear energy. Instead of going on and on about Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the truth is that France has gone nearly 80% nuclear since the 1970s, and it's never had an accident. And the choice is not between nuclear and solar, it's between nuclear and all of us shivering in the dark.

Nuclear at least would give the planet enough energy for everybody for the next few centuries. And by then, we might have practical nuclear fusion that would emulate the power of the sun, and just pray some lunatic at that point doesn't use it to destroy the whole planet.

The Pacific Ocean is like a huge lake with a circular current around it, and it's recently been discovered that there's a huge collection of plastic garbage in its centre, twice the size of the United States; everything from old toothbrushes to nets that trap the remaining fish.

Personally, I'll say good riddance to oil so that the air can be clean again, and I can once again see the beauty of the planet in the distance, instead of hazy smog. As my father said, "If you abuse yourself, you'll go blind." And I said, "Hey, Dad, I'm over here."


"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences." - Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm

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