So I read this book called Priority One about climate change and how soil can save the world, or rather does and we fail to note this.
Yes, all life on earth comes from the earth, the dirt, the soil, and all carbon in the air moves back and forth freely and easily. But that’s another story, a true story we can discuss more later.
One subject in the Priority One book is nuclear power and how in fact nuclear power can be as safe or safer than coal, or natural gas, or fossil carbon energy in general. The book made a lot of good points and good suggestions.
One valid point is that we virtually ignore the cost in human life of all the other energy types, such as coal. Fly ash, mining, transporting coal, power plant emissions, and so on are very real and very dangerous and kill thousands upon thousands of human beings every year, especially children.
I still wonder about nuclear power though, look at Fukushima, and the unvarnished stats on Chernobyl. Hundreds of thousands dead due to Chernobyl over 25 years all from one single explosion.
How do we put a value on the cost in human lives whether from coal, oil or nuclear? And of course the true price of fossil carbon fuels appears to be ending life on earth as we know it possibly making the whole debate completely moot in the long run.
French nuclear power notwithstanding, there seems to be no way human beings will have the will to make nuclear chain reactions a useful energy source.
I came across a letter to the editor in the Nation magazine some time back mentioning Thorium as a fuel, and giving the link to the Thorium Energy Alliance.
And I thought about it again today having read Alexander Cockburn making the bold statement nuclear power is dead and unacceptable.
There seems to be a type of nuclear power that is different, and safer, and just might be workable in the interim.
Right now the world we leave for our children, and Maddie, weighs heavily on my heart and mind. But I still drive my car, run my lights, run this computer.
Do we truly want a world humans can thrive and coexist in perpetually?
Read the Thorium stuff and let me know what you think. Do you think it’s for real?
A special shout out to Head and Jennie and welcome to Maddie!
Head, aka Chuck, is my nephew. They just had their first kid.