Sunday, March 08, 2009
On another blog, there was a discussion about energy and our future. It seemed that there was one faction that believed that only possible future was nuclear and the new undeveloped fusion technology.
The other faction believed that we were doomed so why bother?
I was the only person who even spoke of alternate energy. Normally, the majority of the people on this blog seem like open minded individuals but on this subject I have concluded that the power of the nuclear industry is so great that they have been blinded to the reality of a clean, abundant cheap energy future.
No matter what real advance I tried to show, or suggest. The things that are really happening now in the fields of alternate energy, I got images of giant wind turbines cluttering the skyline of Paris thrown back at me.
I found it very hard to accept that so many people have ignored the rapid progress of tidal, geo, wind, solar and the other technologies in the last few years.
We have lived with the promise of nuclear energy for the last 70 years. In that time, the nuclear industry has been sheilded by the veil of national security and given practically carte blanche to ignore our future health and safety while they made as much money as possible building plants and generating nuclear waste.
It comes down to money, doesn't it? I was reminded of the story of Nikola Tesla, the Serbian genius who was born in 1856 and who was destroyed by the forces of capitalistic greed. Tesla gave us AC Current, he designed the first hydro electric generating system at Niagra Falls. Before 1900, he had built and demonstrated radio controlled robotic devices. He invented Neon, worked with X-rays, developed particle beams. Einstein spent years disproving his Unified Field theory and then before he died, admitted that Tesla was right.
When Tesla died in 1943, an impoverished "crackpot" who had been ruined by J.P. Morgan after Morgan relized that if the project of Tesla's that he was funding succeeded, he would be giving away free energy, Tesla's files were seized by J.Edgar Hoover.
Much of what was in his files when he died remains secret.