Steven Chu Finally Brings Much-Needed Science Into Energy Policyby Corey S. Powell
From the January-February special issue of Discover magazine; published online December 16, 2010
The cleanest form of nuclear power is the sun. The amount of energy hitting Earth is more than 10,000 times what we need. If we achieve even 1 percent efficiency at low cost and we can store the energy, we'll have enough for nine and a half billion people without polluting the world. The laws of physics say it's possible. We don't have to invent something better than the sun. It's the sun that gives us solar, hydro, the wind, and the waves.
The sun has been storing fossil fuels for hundreds of millions of years and we're using them up in hundreds of years, so that's a problem.
You can listen to the string quartet on the Titanic and enjoy the last glass of champagne, or you can fix this problem. There's an old expression from Winston Churchill that "America invariably does the right thing after exhausting all other possibilities." We don't have time for that anymore. What are you going to say to your kids and grandkids? "I'm sorry; you will be poorer and have less opportunity than I did. You will live in a world that is far more polluted than the world I was born into." Come on. There's no zero-sum game here. It's just like the green revolution or the Industrial Revolution: In developed countries, these gave everyone better lives. There's no law of physics that says the whole society can't benefit.
Using fossil fuels - oil, coal, and natural gas - creates greenhouse gases, including CO2.
Our current methods of creating energy have created a terrible and dangerous mess. It can be argued that we're in the process of destroying our planet.
Our time is running out. We now have a deperate need for a REAL solution: one that can be beneficial to all. With the Solar Roadways, we can meet the energy needs of not only the U.S., but the entire world while solving a multitude of other problems at the same time.
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that." ~ Thomas EdisonPlease join our fan site on Facebook. It's the best way to keep up with our current news.
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