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Thu Sep 5, 2019, 07:43 PM

5. Speaking only for myself, I don't see nuclear energy as a tool merely to maintain affluence.

Affluence is going away whether we like it or not.

I see nuclear energy as a tool to provide energy to those who don't have it. (I'm an old fashioned liberal, not a Musk-head liberal; I care more about the poor than about electric cars.)

When China set out to do provide electricity to those who didn't have it, they burned coal to do so. The Chinese still have about 10% of the per capita energy consumption that we do.

India is burning coal to do the same thing.

If we can behave differently with say, Africa, maybe we can begin to set the world aright.

It is interesting however that both nations are now leaders in nuclear technology, most notably China.

The consumer culture in this country is relying on gas, and the wind turbines (and solar cells) are just lipstick on the pig to make our sybarites feel better about their consumption. It's denial on the left which in terms of effect is every bit as pernicious as denial on the right.

I advanced my personal feeling about the role of nuclear energy and its role in addressing human poverty elsewhere:

Current Energy Demand; Ethical Energy Demand; Depleted Uranium and the Centuries to Come

I also see nuclear energy as the only system of energy that can provide enough energy to allow for something of a clean up of our waste, especially detoxifying the air and oceans and to a lesser extent, the land. A great deal of what will need to be cleaned up with be the rotting hulks of all that so called "renewable energy" shit. I think in about ten years, the situation will be come crystalline clear that low energy to mass equipment is environmentally disastrous. The Chinese have already stopped accepting our electronic waste, and it's going to get worse fast.

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