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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 worlds needs. 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.

 

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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