Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nuclear Energy to Power the Future

Shannon Love over at Chicago Boyz sums it up nicely on why nuclear energy will power the future:

... We need to grow up and accept reality. We’ve exhausted the limits of chemical energy. Using biomass, solar and wind power represents a reversion to older and weaker sources of power. Instead, we need to follow the natural progression of technology and use nuclear energy. With our current and near-future technology, only nuclear power can give us the amount of energy we need, where and when we need it.

I think it important to emphasize that we would need to move to nuclear energy even if we had an infinite supply of fossil fuels and an infinite carbon dioxide sink. Fossil fuels just don’t have the energy density we will need moving into the future. We can no more power the 21st Century with fossil fuels than we could have powered the 20th Century using nothing but wood. Only nuclear power provides energy in sufficient density to power the future...
Sounds like she's been reading The Bottomless Well. Make sure to read the rest of Shannon's piece, it's really good.

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