ENERGY SOURCE WILL BE NUCLEAR SOON
The world is finally taking the problems associated with warming and pollution seriously. In December 2014, 78% of respondents to a large global survey by Ipsos agreed with the statement ” In the future, renewable energy sources will be fully able to replace fossil fuels ” In my opinion Uranium and Nuclear energy are renewables. Mankind has lived with three major energy changes. Wood and dung to coal, then to oil and natural gas. The changes came slowly and are still in progress. Nearly two billion people still rely on wood and dung for heating and cooking. Changes come very slowly in sources of energy. Hopefully the change to nuclear energy will be quicker. There is a romantic idea about the use of solar and wind power, but in a 2014 Ipsos survey 66% of people agree that wind and solar cannot on their own meet the rising demand for energy. An energy specialist Vaclav Smil, who authored a book” Energy and Civilization” believes that Solar and Wind are never going to provide more than a small fraction of the world
Nor can hydro-electric which at this point produces only 2.4% of global energy replace fossil fuels as most of the rivers useful for this purpose have already been dammed. Smil has suggested the world should try and get along cutting consumption. Not very likely! High energy use translates to a better standard of living for the worlds population. Nuclear power is the solution. It is far more efficient than renewable sources of energy, the technology is well established, and it is the only way to reduce environmental impact. Would you believe that the energy trapped in Uranium is amazing.? Less than half a barrel of Uranium can provide the energy for an American for his lifetime, in contrast it would take many train cars of coal to do the same job.
It is difficult to overcome a bad reputation and with 3 mile island in the U.S. Chernobyl in the Ukraine and the last accident in Japan , for now nuclear cannot escape its name.It does not do any good for the possibility of manufacturing Nuclear weapons. as well. It has to all be thrown aside, and with the environment at risk this answer is the timely one for humanity.