On Energy Consumption

 

 

The world as we know it is highly reliant on electricity. As of the industrial revolution, which began in the west, spreading eastward over the span of a century or two, the world has become more interconnected than ever before. The countries that tried to close their borders off from the world suffered, as intercontinental trade soon proved itself to be the greatest catalyst of globalism in the history of mankind.

 

That said, there’s nothing that can be done about the spawn of global interdependence, but it does raise the question of, what can the world do for itself, to save itself from the ongoing crisis of climate change. The natural changes in climate are ever present throughout the planet’s history. I believe the answer to this problem lies in energy production.

 

Everyone knows this though, or at least, most of us do. We use fossil fuels almost tirelessly, without regard to the environment, even when there are other alternatives readily available. I am here to advocate and stand by the concept of nuclear energy, as a possible means to replace fossil fuels in energy production.

 

Solar energy is great, as it is in concept, infinite. It’s inconsistent though. Hydroelectric dams interfere with the environment; as do wind turbines, which aren’t consistent either. Bioelectricity requires land for single-crop farming…the list goes on and on.

 

At this point, nuclear power seems to be the only sensible option, but since the recent nuclear scares, I find it difficult to convince friends of its pros. Thorium is a common metal, three or four times more abundant than Uranium. Due to this abundance, if we continue our current energy consumption trends, we could sustain the world’s energy needs for another 1000 years, and by then I am certain we could find other sources of energy as well.  

At the time, when nuclear energy was proposed, there were two plans set on the table: Uranium and Thorium reactors respectively. Each had its pros and cons. Uranium was picked in the end, because the priming process for thorium-based nuclear reactors hasn’t been perfected. Furthermore, as nuclear production was starting up during wartime, the countries pursuing nuclear energy found the need to easily convert their energy sources into weapons when the time calls for it. 

There are other advantages to nuclear power production using thorium, beyond the magnitudes more power we can get from it compared to fossil fuels, but that’s for another time. 

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