Keeping an open mind
by Jon Flatley
I definitely support the common suggestions for reducing one's carbon footprint, such as recycling, biking to work, possibly buy a hybrid car, alternative energy, etc.
What I'd like to suggest is that folks keep their minds open to possibly un-popular alternatives to fossil fuels for the bulk of human activities, electrical power generation.
Current coal-fired plants emit the lionshare of the greenhouse gas emissions. In reading James Hansen's book, "The Storms of my Grandchildren" - he states, and I think correctly, that alternative energy and conservation ALONE will not satisty the thirst for fossil fuels.
I'm inclined to agree with him that we need to consider "fast" or "4th generation" nuclear as a possible source of "base load" energy. He goes onto say, that in addition to not being able to quench the thirst with just alternative energy/conservation, that these modern fast nuclear generators are safer than traditional ones and even the waste lasts a fraction as long.
I'm far from an expert, but the rationale is compelling from one of the most famous and influential climate scientists of all-time. I challenge anyone to at least read his book before striking down the idea.
Just my 2 cents... :)
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