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Currently, human beings fear nuclear energy despite tons of evidence proving that nuclear energy causes less deaths than fossil fuels and even wind power.
It is not unexpected.
Uranium-235 is a very explosive baby even in tiny proportions.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I think scientists working in nuclear power plants sometimes tiptoe around the premises. Just in case.
But the beauty of science and facts is that they do not care for human wishful thinking. When you are hungry, trying to daydream of a belly full of chicken will not make you full.
In the same way, we walk around fearing nuclear power (which is safe) while ignoring fossil fuels (which are unsafe) as if we have all the time in the universe to make up our minds either way.
Which is okay. No pressure. 100 years+ of fossil fuels is still good. Besides, the global temperature might only increase by 2 degrees Celsius tops.
D-day will arrive though. And the switch will happen.
The switch will be when the global feeling about nuclear power utility becomes urgent and the feeling towards waning supplies of fossil fuels become fear of what to do next.
Nobody will say solar energy. Too many problems. Not enough time.
The switch will be from fear of nuclear power to fear of fossil fuels really running out.
Which will be a pity because we shall have squandered a good chance to learn how to use nuclear power with next to zero risk.
The way we don’t fear flying anymore.
Interesting note: We used to adore nuclear power. It was the magic bullet to a capitalist/communist utopia. Take your pick. Then Chernobyl happened and Fukushima and governments overreacted and look at us now.
Scaredy cats. Trying to hide behind cat videos.
The switch will also be strong because either we go for Uranium or we learn to build as many solar PV farms as possible and share A LOT of solar energy with our next door neighbors.
Coz if we don’t want they will not hesitate to go apeshit on us.
I’m talking rich people who will be hoarding solar panels being attacked by the rest of the world without 2 bread crumbs to rub together.
It’s not pretty. Even as an imagination.
There is blood and gore everywhere. Hunger and war. Makes me conjure Game Of Thronish.
So the switch will happen. And I doubt it will be a smooth transition like how a city slowly becomes a town.
It will most probably be preceded by a series of very unpleasant news announcements.
“Price of a barrel of oil shoots up by 10 times as of this morning”The Motley Fool
Then you will see how elites get red in the face and panic all over the place.
All those ones and zeros in the bank. Suddenly gone.
Like (snap) that.
Gone with the wind.
Meanwhile, the peasants, wherever they will be, will not know what has hit the world until it is too late.
Hundreds of years of waiting like idiots will have happened.
Perhaps in their ignorance they will simply think it is the end of the world.
So innocent. The poor things.
The big new gold will of course be nuclear power and no, instead of saving the world, it might ruin it. Whoever will be in charge will be trying to stop millions of hysterical human beings from storming the nuclear power plants and causing a big fat radioactive mess.
Delaying transitions is ugly. Whoever will be alive then will see it with their very own eyes.
And I hope for their sakes they are rich.
So the switch will be quick. And no, it will be ugly coz it will be delayed.
People will die. People will hack other people’s heads off.
People will die of hunger and cold.
Without any atomic explosions going off.
Yes, it is annoying that nature itself is stacked against us. I mean the least we can do is carry on meaningful debates about energy transition on the internet but even that is not carbon neutral.
Owning a smart-phone is very carbon dirty. Like big time. So we are screwed.
But wait. How about nuclear power?
Ok. Hold the phone. You prefer cancer to global warming?
Noo. Not if we treat U-235 right. TLC. Extra special attention. All of us. Together. Make sure nothing goes sideways.
For uranium just might be our golden ticket to the other side of the fence. The grass is greener on that side. Even a blind person can see it.
Say check out below this Quora question post I am currently running. I envision using the beautifully explosive power of Uranium not just to power an A-bomb or a power plant but to perform some pretty energetic calculations as well.
Nope, you don’t need a PHD in nuclear energy to participate in saying something in response.
You just need to love building a novel type of computer with unimaginably immense power.
Like literally speaking.
Computuranium, that’s the word.
Is it catchy?