Today: 11.Dec.2018
John Shanahan

John Shanahan

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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Tauren Dyson, writer for UPI: A century ago, only 15 per cent of the Earth's surface was used by humans to grow crops and raise livestock," James Watson, a professor at University of Queensland's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, said. "Between 1993 and 2009, an area of terrestrial wilderness larger than India -- a staggering 3.3 million square kilometers -- was lost to human settlement, farming, mining and other pressures."

Ross McKitrick, Department of Economics, University of Guelph, Canada: Historically there have been three broad ways of viewing the natural world. Primitive cultures viewed it as a personal entity with a mind of its own. Biblical cultures view it as the work of a Supreme creator. Modern secularists view it as a random, uncreated entity. Does Nature Have Intrinsic Value?

Keith Matheny, writer for the Detroit Free Press: Again, the Detroit Free Press is out to spread inaccurate fearmongering about nuclear power and used fuel. The city of Detroit is an economic and urban disgrace to the United States. Few businesses want to locate there. Many of the children living there receive marginal education. After World War II cities in Asia and Europe rebuilt to very high standards and got strong economies going. The United States has let Detroit fester with many abandoned industrial, commercial and residential buildings for more than half a century. Nuclear waste is among some of the easiest waste to secure, manage and store, in part because of its compact nature. Nuclear waste management would bring revenue, jobs and education opportunities to areas that are now a wasteland. The economic benefits would last centuries.