The World needs energy. It
continues to need more and more energy with ever increasing demand: From
today, to steadily improve the standards of living of humanity, over the
next twenty years the world must have four times as much power as it
uses now, and that's just the beginning.
Yet, incredibly there is there is talk,
both popular and political, of powering civilization down. Oil is
running out, and the constraints of fossil fuel energy = constraints on
the economy. This
creates an energy bottleneck that enables wealth and and power to be
seized, and the share of everyone else greatly diminished.
This is surely a mistake in reason,
and an injustice, for the grand edifice of civilization is
made possible by its growth of energy transformation into work.
A return to Nature is impossible for
the billions now living, unless that is the aim of gross and rapid
depopulation is to make way for a new dark green world. Yet it is
not Nature that forces this upon us by depriving us of energy.
There are other energy sources, however they have problems, and in
policy formation and investment, for wind and solar are exploitable on a
scale requiring designed over capacity. Biofuel from land based agriculture is unsustainable
and yields hunger commensurate with its production. Although the
potential is prodigious the combined energy available from wind, solar, and ocean farming of algae and
kelp for biomass to fuel is ultimately sufficient only to make the
margin of need a generation hence, it could only provide that much and
not much more.
Then there are the
expanding energy needs of our industry and emergent artificial
population: we are served by the explosive growth from the evolution of
robotic industry in convergence with the nanotechnology of 3D
computational output. For billions of people to be served by the coming robotic revolution
we are going to have to have many more times energy than we use now.
The coming robotic revolution is a
grand economic bubble that promises to, and if managed wisely shall,
provide fantastic prosperity, and a brighter future for all, if only we
develop the energy to make it happen.
Get with the
Program. Let’s start on the same page now here.
Harnessing the power
of the atom is key to the survival of the human race, and its prevailing
in our destiny.
Harnessing the power
of the atom not for the machines of war, as is done now, but to harness the power
of the atom for universal prosperity.
At this time the
power of the atom is harnessed, as a chariot of war rather than a farm
horse, its fittings are principally isotopes of two elements: Uranium
235 and Plutonium.
These two rare
extreme explosive potential as everyone knows, to make bombs, and they
are the intended product of the invested process for producing fuel for conventional nuclear
power: weapons grade material is the purpose of the industry.
In the process
of mining, extracting and refining U235 an enormous quantity of U238 is
cast aside for storage, and though not explosive, some is cast into
weights, shells and bullets because it is heavier and harder than lead.
This largely unused portion, the U238, has the potential to be used as
atomic fuel many times greater than the trace of U235 it contains. The
U238 process is inherently much safer than U235, and reduces the
quantity of weapons grade fissile material, and thus is non-proliferative.
The harness of
the atom for war is one just harness and it is the least desirable as it
is least fitting to control the forces of nature.
other harnesses of the atom that are low hanging fruits for capital
investment, and all of these have three great rewards, these are:
Uranium 238 – its use of a little U235 for
ignition consumes it, and burns its own ash;
Thorium – Edward Teller, the father of the
atomic bomb, was in the last month of his life working on thorium
reactors to deliver a blessing to Mankind; and
Strontium batteries - cohering the magnetic fields of alpha and beta
particles to useful electric current of strong consistent power output
at room temperature.
Muon catalyzed fusion – this somewhat
exotic sounding technology is achievable
Taken singly or
together these nuclear harnesses would:
eliminate radioactive waste
reduce the production and availability of
weapons grade material
produce absolutely humungous amounts of
energy, many times greater than oil at its peak.
The last, energy, is the reason we need
to harness the atom. Nothing else can supply what we will need. The
safety issues are why these technologies must be developed and
standardized for mass production. Moreover, thereafter,
the Stars are ours.
Let me clear, the spark of U235 and
Plutonium will continue to be part of the new nuclear industries, but being
of vastly smaller quantity required for initiating U238 and Thorium pose
significantly less danger. The risks are manageable.
That’s the whole behemoth shibboleth of
multi-mega tonnage atomic blasts gone, safely removed to no longer be a
threat hanging over our heads.
However, the fear of the atom remains,
and this is terrible for it feeds the crushing defeat of the human
spirit to be subject to the control of the power elite mad with thirst
for more power. There are like vampires, and they hate atomic power, and
choose to exploit only the atom’s harness of war, and sustain that fear,
your fear, of radiation, to keep from you and your neighbors from what
they fear: the power of Prometheus – the world set free by abundant
energy for all.
Let us look at that fear briefly:
The decay of nuclear elements is
dangerous – yes, that must be admitted, but the fear of it overwhelms
the real hazard. No, you may not disagree, for if you do you are
succumbing to fear, and engaging in the pretense of reason to be
anti-nuclear, a position that supports those who would master you, and
deepens the internalization of their oppression of your fellows.
However unwelcome the news, it is true,
radiation is good for you. Just as cold is miserable to endure, and
fire a dangerous servant, it is even a more terrible master, so it is that enough is
comfort and wellbeing, and that creates happiness. Yes, even the spooky
spark of atomic fire is benevolent to the health and vigor of living
systems. To a degree. For it is the minor trifling harm that
invigorates rather than kills. Stress and recovery strengthens. It is as
Nietzsche said “That which does not kill me makes me stronger” Though
there is fine line between not enough and too much, and even though that
varies for individuals, the general rule is it is good for you.
With fire we are harm, our food cooked,
our clothes and bedding and bodies clean. In light
we thrive – green are our crops for the red and blue of sunlight is
plant fuel, and even the ultraviolet is good for our blood if we don’t
over do it, for it is also possible to be deficient in sunlight.
To illustrate the truth of this in
In the early 20th century
patent medicine peddlers dared to market radium water as an invigorating
serum. In fact, this it was, for man and horses alike, but a few men
because of an unfortunate gene become poisoned and died. The vitalizing
charge of radium’s radioactive decay came from the body’s repair of the
damage it caused. The metabolism of healing had momentum and for most
animals, beast and men, the effect was salubrious, to their good. But
for that damn gene in an unlucky few.
In the later half of the 20th
century a nuclear industry had arisen, regrettably it is true, to
manufacture the harness of war for the atom, but in the factories and
ships it turns out those laborers who were irradiated even a hundred
fold greater than other ordinary men on ordinary industries, had fewer
incidences of cancer.
In shipyard workers: 72, 356 men working
within nuclear submarine shipyards were divided into three groups
defined by None, Low and High radiation exposure: those who had none,
that is from the workplace, had the highest cancer rates, exactly the
opposite of popular opinion and misinformed scientific opinion before
the start of the study. The group with low exposure, under 500 mrem, had
lower cancer rates than the Nones, and the Highs, guys getting zapped
with 500 mrem plus, they had the lowest cancer rates, lower by a quarter
than all the “Nones” whose exposure was normal background.
Women too… 37,000 Canadian women were
given cumulative doses of x-rays during fluoroscopic breast exams in
doses up to nine million times that within the Fukushima exclusion zone:
the result – the women with the highest doses had cancer rates just one
third that of unexposed women.
That’s three proofs now: Radiation is
good for you. Once you understand the inverted bell curve you know its
true. Whether Sunshine and the natural EMF of ultraviolet ranging down
on through fire’s red and glow of heat to biology’s infra-red lazing
in microtubules and the subtle chatter of living tissue in terahertz, too little
is as bad as too much. There is a happy medium, health, and that is true too
even of the stinging sparks of radioactive particles.
Why, if it is to be said that radiation
is bad for you, you’d be wiser to shun entirely your cell phone and its
towers, wi-fi, and most
definitely smart meters, and you'd regard with suspicion the body scans
at airports, and certainly avoid the chest x-ray dose per pack
punch of polonium in cigarettes more any atomic power plant. By valid
risk assessment the plain old high tension wires around a plant are clearly
there is this dull factoid: some 3000 tons a year of uranium surge into the
sky as smoke along with millions of tons of sulfur from the antiquated coal
burning power plants around the world. Plants that burn more at a faster
rate: Coal simply isn’t going to last beyond
another generation or two. Then what?
Up and Atom!
Okay – for those of you who are
spluttering objections with vigorous intellect from the depths of well
intentioned yet misinformed philanthropy, the point has been conceded:
nuclear energy is dangerous. You want policy. If however you want policy
that leads to a Dark Green future, that is forever against the promise
of the atom, and chasing after the moonbeams of wind and solar and
biomass, you would be no different than the foolish advisors to the king
who forbid horses and oxen throughout his realm so that men are forced
to plow by hand, and live hard meager lives. If you want rational
policy that can be found here:
Fukushima illustrates the need for
world government, at least in so far as government would provide
services and not force. In the face of a crisis it's firefighters and
emergency response we need, not armies of blue hats, tanks and rifles.
Now months after the catastrophe it is
far from over, and the disaster at Fukushima continues to provoke
anxiety, when it should have been quenched, its nuclear fires put out
and embers contained, near its beginning. Its legacy of radiological
harm and enduring hazard shall be far less than imagined, and every bit
of that tragic, yet the greater legacy of harm is that fear wrought by
letting it go on for so long.
That’s the policy needed: that every
nuclear plant be designed liable to emergency shut down from external
operations, and quickly. Special equipment is of course needed and it is
a blow to rational thought that Japan doesn’t already have the robots
they would need. That said, given all the resources of a nation, it
must be possible to seize hold of the very heart of a meltdown with
mighty robot hands of water cooled tungsten, tunnel digging machines and
bulldozers, and pull it apart, mixing it and spreading it with sand and
clay, that it become a sub-critical mass that can be quickly be buried
In the owners minds, be it for profit or
national prestige, there can be no thought in mind of saving a nuclear
plant and recovering it for later use. That simply prolongs public
anxiety. Firemen put out fires.
As a matter of global policy, in forming
a World Fire Department that responds to atomic disasters, all the
plants out there now should be rated for risk, and costs of emergency
shut down taken into account, to decide which ten percent get shut down
now as a precautionary measure.
Thereafter all new plants, which will
be much more numerous, must use the harnesses of peace, and not war,
being of the inherently safer varieties of both nuclear fuel and
designs: there can be no more fixation on maximizing the yield of U235
I must add however, that U235 and
Plutonium, having the longest half lives of nuclear fuels, are not the
most dangerous. Its counter-intuitive because we are all aware of the
iconography of mega tonnage explosive blasts made possible by those two
rare isotopes. The matter is contrary to speculation: By its nature the
isotopes of elements with the shortest half lives are the most
dangerous, and yet these do naturally remove themselves from the
The issue is the necessity of re-tooling
the nuclear industry so that the menace of atomic bombs is eliminated,
and also making available all the power mankind needs for universal
application that everybody shall have clean water, fresh air, food, and
quality housing and efficient convenient transportation.
Now, Up and Atom!
~ Grim and Quixote, 2011
need much more energy than post peak oil and
sustainable development can supply
Message of the Georgia Guidestones