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Monday, June 1, 2009

Global Warming: Environmental threat, or Imperialist Propaganda

There are a great many issues surrounding global warming that exceed the general debate of whether or not the earth's climate is changing, and whether that change is caused my mankind's actions or not. The problem I see with this issue of climate change is that the proposed solutions of "free energy" are not free of negative consequences. The energy solutions of wind, solar, and geothermal do not have the energy density to satisfy humanity's energy needs. In our modern era, energy output shares a direct relation to the standard of living in a society. This means that any reduction of energy output, or the density of energy produced in a given land area effectively reduces the standard of living in that area.

This is to say that I am not a proponent of burning coal or oil to produces electricity, but rather I support strictly Nuclear power. This technology has the potential to raise the standard of living throughout the world and alleviate many problems such as disease, famine, and the distribution of resources. However, this technology carries with it the risk of more countries obtaining Nuclear based weaponry. While incidents of nuclear tests, such as those carried out by North Korea, seem to strike fear into the international community, I see no reason to panic when another country obtains these weapons. Between just the USA and Russia, enough nuclear weapons stockpile still exists to effectively wipe out modern civilization. The fledgling nuclear powers, such as North Korea and possibly Iran are not stupid, they realize that a nuclear attack on US soil or her allies would result in an annihilation of their country, not just the infrastructure and cities, but the entire landmass could be disintegrated. Once this concept of mutual destruction is realized, using a nuclear weapon will basically have the effect of detonating it inside the silo, thus opening the door for Nuclear power to be used for peaceful energy without the fear of it turning into a weapon.