Energy problems solved !
He had succeeded after investing decades of his life in the laboratory. Yes there were other milestones that brought him fame, like the genetically engendered microbial organisms that consumed raw oil from oil slicks, but this was to mark his place in history with the creation of an organism that would produce energy! Unlike thousands of others that searched for the holy grail of unlimited nonpolluting energy he now held the answer in his hands.
People across America are repeating the phrase, ‘not in my back yard’, when referring to the erection of wind generators, a new nuclear power plant, a megawatt solar panel array or a new hydroelectric dam. You can hear the cries about air pollution when they are trying to close down a coal mine or a oil refinery. These cries get louder when they are demonstrating for an end to our dependence on oil from foreign nations……so just what do you think is the alternative?
Lets take a look…At the moment we are producing the majority of our electricity from oil, gas, coal or nuclear. There is some minor generation from wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal, but other than hydroelectric the amounts generated are minimal. I have never see eye to eye on anything the President has said but when, in a speech, he said “Today I’m setting a new goal. Your federal government will consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources within the next seven years.” I would have to agree with him, if I thought he was actually going to make it happen.
However much like congress ignoring the budget our country remains dependent on fossil fuels. So back to the public cries for a non polluting energy source… it does exist in the wind, sun, ocean and rivers but ‘we the people’ will not commit to changing our way of lives to support it. So if the people as a whole can not agree on utilizing these non-polluting sources of energy……I say shut up and don’t complain.
There may be discovered in the distant future a totally new form of energy that is unlimited and nonpolluting. But for the near future we and our children and grandchildren we will have to find a way to stop complaining and use the sun, wind, oceans and rivers as our clean energy source.
If ‘we the people’ truly want to remove our dependence from coal, gas and oil
We must first…minimize our use of electricity and carbon fuels then….
We must…stop complaining that large wind farms are unsightly, noisy and kill hundreds of birds
We must…allow megawatt solar arrays no mater how they visually disrupt the wilderness
We must…support hydroelectric dams even though they change the landscape around them
and yes we must find a safe way to store the spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors.
You may not like my words
but until someone discovers a new source of energy
you know I am right.