Today: 13.Nov.2018
John Shanahan

John Shanahan

Luke Baker, correspondent for Reuters World News: November 11, 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the WW I Armistice to end the most horrible war of all time. Heads of State from many countries gathered in France to mark this event as they had each year for many years in the past. There was a light rain, so one of the key leaders decided not to attend, Donald Trump of the United States. French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a very important speech explaining the difference between the evils of nationalism and the virtues of patriotism. Donald Trump calls himself a nationalist and wants to make America stand above all other countries. What does the world think? Countries who use nuclear power need to be well governed, at peace internally and with other countries.

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Calvin Beisner, Cornwall Alliance, Gregory Wrightstone, Gregory Wrightstone, geologist who has been investigating the Earth’s processes for more than 35 years. Gregory Wrightstone is the author of the newly published book Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know. European witch hunts of the 15th to 17th centuries targeted "witches" who were thought to be responsible for epidemics and crop failures related to declining temperatures of the Little Ice Age. A belief that evil humans were negatively affecting the climate and weather patterns was the “consensus” opinion of that time. How eerily similar is that notion to the current oft-repeated mantra that Man’s actions are controlling the climate and leading to catastrophic consequences?

Andrew Follett, energy and science reporter for The Daily Caller: On the first Earth Day in 1970, famous extreme environmentalists and university professors made profound predictions of global catastrophes to happen in the next 30 years. They didn't happen. Instead the world got a lot better. Heeding predictions by extreme environmentalists is a disaster for the world.

Melissa Goh, writer for CNBC: Nuclear power will grow by about 46 percent by 2040 — and more than 90 percent of the net increase will come from China and India, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). With a shortage of fossil fuels, India is pursuing nuclear investments as an alternative to add to the country's energy mix. China's expansion of nuclear production capabilities comes amid its push toward greater energy efficiency and a diversification away from fossil fuels.

Equally important are two things that this article does not talk about. 1) The growth numbers for nuclear are still small compared to China's, India's and the world's total energy usage. 2) Almost no nuclear power growth is forecast for the rest of the world.

Anti-nuclear forces and their partners in government are prevailing for the moment, making countries disastrously dependent on wind, solar and foreign fossil fuels. This could lead to the collapse of Western Civilization. Other countries will be able to take over the world without much military action needed, when the West has little control over their energy supplies. The United States allows itself to be occupied with a case before the Supreme Court where "a few children" insist on stopping use of fossil fuels. Vaclav Smil in his book, "Energy and Civilization," makes perfectly clear how important fossil fuels are. But these particularly privileged children and their legal and scientific handlers demand that the whole world abandon these tremendous energy resources.

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