What’s Wrong With This Picture?
I’ve been writing two, three and four thousand word analytical pieces lately, that I'm sure have cured more than one case of insomnia.
However, I have come upon a topic that is simple, but nobody wants to talk about it: Energy Solutions.
This picture was taken five weeks ago. You’d love to find these kinds of gas prices today. There seems no end in sight. Energy can be divided into two categories: fuels for transportation and electricity.
James L. Conca, PhD. is director of the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center and Institute of Energy and the Environment with New Mexico State University at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in southeast New Mexico.
He and Judith Wright have co-author a book, The Geopolitics of Energy: Achieving a Just and Sustainable Energy Distribution by 2040.
The hundred-page book is filled with: pictures, drawings, maps, tables, charts, graphs, and diagrams in a PowerPoint like presentation on steroids. It is an easy read, written at the level of a junior high school science fair student.
Conca spoke at a book signing held at the National Atomic Museum in Old Town, Saturday.
The authors layout the scenario that the world must triple it energy output by the year 2040 in order to sustain itself.
It’s not a matter of technology; it’s a matter of political will.
Conca argues that the only answer includes nuclear power.
So what’s wrong with this picture?
I went to Conca’s speech to get a photograph for Peter St. Cyr’s site, “What’s the Word?” and this is what I found:
Five National Atomic Museum employees,
Two members of the press, St. Cyr and myself, and
Three citizens who came to listen to the lecture and to ask questions.
One of them was trying to get Concha to sign a contract to make a film/documentary, according to St. Cyr.
Listen to St. Cyr’s interview of Conca on his site.
It would seem that nobody cares.
There are two problems with nuclear power: it was born out of the research used to develop nuclear weapons and killed a couple hundred thousand people at the end of the second world war with Japan, and the fear that nuclear generated power production is unsafe.
There are some very committed people who are bound and determined to prevent the use of nuclear power in this country, even in the face of evidence to the contrary.
The year 2040 is still within my potential lifetime. I would be 91, my mother’s age now. I’m an optimist, but if there are only three people listening, I have to be a great optimist to believe they will spread the word.
This short post shouldn’t put you to sleep. However, the ramifications of not considering the energy crisis, beyond the price of gas at the pump, should keep you awake.