Conspicuously absent from many of the discussions and symposiums on nuclear power is the other side of the pancake; earth resources demand. For the sake of argument let us assume we have the methods (although pie in the sky) at this point in time, let’s say we have breeder reactors; Thorium plants; and the endless supply power from nuclear fusion. Yes, let’s pretend we have this genie in a jar and in fact have perpetual motion. The source of boundless electricity is here.
While the nuclear industries tout their unrealized dreams of “Atoms for Peace” the world population increases at a exponential rate undreamed of a 100 years ago. We are now at over 7 billion souls to feed, house, educate, and civilize. In this brave new world, much like the silly renditions of the future in the 40’s and 50’s editions of Popular Science, these “visionaries” see a world where everybody has a Toyota, a computer, a 3D TV, a single family home, and a tertiary education – Oh, and I almost forgot, food. This entire cornucopia is to be brought to you by “Freddy Kilowatt” and his carpetbag full of friendly split atoms.
The point is: the planet simply does not have the physical materials and resources to support the bio load of a human population that is projected to grow by 60% by the century’s end. So, even with a bottomless pit of electrical power, the biosphere simply cannot support the coming resource demands of such a population load. This blue orb we inhabit has a finite amount of wealth to give us – and with full knowledge of mankind’s unique inclination to covet and steal other’s wealth (war) we know the real problem is located between man’s ears, not in the magic of some futuristic nuclear power cooling pond or breeding reactor.
And please don’t forget “The Perversity of Physical Objects”