# We shouldn’t forget — that solar energy comes from the constant nuclear fusion reaction in the Sun.
# And wind energy comes from the daily ground temperature changes as the solar radiation goes through its night and day cycle.
# And geothermal heat energy derives from the constant fission of uranium within the Earth.
It’s “sustainable” and it’s “renewable” because it’s nuclear!
Nuclear fission reactors will need to be, and I’m sure will be the main electric power producers for all industrial societies in a few years and biofuels and batteries will power our self-contained transport systems. Wind and solar power systems may supply a small but significant proportion of the total if we continue to pour money down those drain holes. Fusion power is an incredibly expensive pipe dream and too far away to be of relevance to global warming.
Every developed country should be like France and be totally self-sufficient in safe cheap nuclear generated electric power. China is gearing up to build some 400 nuclear power stations. That’s more than enough to power both the US and Canada. Wholesale price of that power would be about 3 cents. Same as, or cheaper than coal or gas.
The alternative is, “let the heating continue” and have nations constantly at war. At war to keep their to grab somebody else’s usable un-flooded land. Or at war to keep the usable un-flooded land they own. Those wars are inevitable.
The standard of living of all societies, especially Western Societies will drop dramatically and stay down for a very long time.
There are only two serious threats to the fossil fuel countries and corporations. And they are nuclear energy and biofuels. Biofuels costs are around $100 a barrel. Ball park they’re about the same or a little dearer than petroleum based petrol and diesel. For best theoretical efficiency it requires a slight change to engine timing and compression ratios. As a driver you couldn’t tell the difference. So the oil industry and the oil producing countries are terrified.
Nuclear power: Recognise clearly that burning fossilized carbon materials for energy , they being gas, oil, coal and peat kills and maims more human beings than any system or product created by man. Our current “relatively safe” systems of using and handling the fossil fuel power production kills at least a thousand times more people than does nuclear electric power system when generating the same power, and that includes the deaths at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Perception Management is incredibly effective.
We’ve been sold a bunch of lies. Despite nuclear’s almost ridiculously safe history and its incredibly tiny risk factors we’ve been conditioned to “know”, dip within us, that it’s all somehow very dangerous. We all “know” deep down, and irrationally, that “nuclear waste disposal is a huge problem that will last for thousands of years”, and of course we all “know” that even the tiniest dose of nuclear radiation could trigger a deadly cancer.
It becomes surprisingly difficult to even doubt such ingrained “truths”.
The fossil fuel countries and companies created the hypothetical “nuclear waste problem”. Mostly we store it for later use. A lot of it is too valuable to just dump. But if you want to dump it just drop it in a subduction trench. A subduction trench is where the ocean floor, near continents, dives down into the Earth’s upper mantle. It’s like a slow, up-side-down volcano. Anything that falls in is gone for a million, maybe a billion years. Never to be seen again. It’s gone forever. Mix the waste with concrete and drop the blocks into one. It’s not “polluting the oceans”, it’s dumped in the ocean’s own geological drain holes and it finally becomes part of the Earth’s molten interior.
They’re called “subduction zones” or “ocean trenches” . They are the deepest part of the Earth’s surface. Dump Mount Everest in some and it would be all under water.
The fossil fuel people managed to stop subduction zone disposal of nuclear waste from it ever happening by having it classed as “dumping at sea” in international treaties, like household trash. And people fell for the “fake news”. The cheap, safe and simple subduction zone solution never saw the light of day.
The most sensible biofuels are ethanol from sugar cane and biodiesel from oil palms. To make biodiesel you just mix ethanol and palm oil with a little caustic soda to act as a catalyst all in say a 200 litre drum, and then wait a couple of days. A slow chemical reaction then produces two layers of liquid in the drum. One is pure biodiesel and the other is glycol. Glycol’s main use is in the production of a range of plastics. So there is no waste. Of course large scale commercial production is a little more sophisticated. But not much more.
Both sugar cane and the palm oil tree grow best in the hot wet tropics. That’s the reason the oil companies dreamed up the “save the Amazon” and the lie that it’s a producer of oxygen. The, so lovely “lungs of the world” advertising slogan. And the complementary lie that it removes carbon from the air.
If it did, where is all that carbon?
There’s no carbon rich humus in the soils of tropical jungles so after a few thousand years the trees would have to be at least a mile high.
“Lungs of the World” hog wash, it’s a sick and deceitful advertising gimmick .
I talk about nuclear history in my book Priority One. The following are a few pages from the chapter The Sabotaging Of Nuclear Energy. which highlight the concept. (I wrote this about twenty years ago, and nothing’s changed)