When it comes to the field of energy, I’m clueless and scare. Just like most people, I know we need various sources of energy to power our economy and retain our ways of life. Unlike the experts, most people and I do not understand the mechanics of the technologies that harness various sources of energy. Nonetheless, in this day and age (i.e., the information age), it’s pretty hard to ignore the confusion mass of information which flows endlessly over the world through tubes and wires and the air (i.e., the Internet), and this confusion mass of information has abundant amount of useful information on energy that we can tune into so one day the world might just need to be saved by such information.
The confusion mass of information at now is clearly showing us that using the wrong types/sources of energy too much can lead to global warming. Whether global warming was started out by humankind or just a natural phenomenon which meant to be repeated over the cycles of the many mega-annum, it really doesn’t matter at this point since scientists are suggesting that we might be ever nearer to so called the tipping point of global warming if we can’t stop releasing more greenhouse gases into the atmospheres.
The idea is to use energy sources that are producing cleaner energy and yet abundant enough so our country and people do not have to depend on someone else. Depending on someone else for our energy needs can pose great risks to our nation. Such risks can negatively affect the economy or military or the encompassment of all industries. This is why promoting clean energy isn’t so simple. We have to calculate the available means but yet be prudent with such means in ways that we can ensure there won’t be a situation where kamikaze would occur in our future, the future of our nation.
People have been suggesting that clean energy can be in the forms of wind, trapped heat within earth, water, and from the sun. Totally workable! Then there are folks who suggest even all of those sources of clean energy to be combined together, the world still won’t have enough of energy to sustain unless nuclear power is included into the list. Then, then there are folks who say nuclear power is super dangerous and plain unhealthy. Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster gives the more reasons why people are not so fond of nuclear technology. Still, we have this one problem, the problem of global warming if we do nothing to improve the way we use our sources of energy. So what should we do?
Here come a pinch of like minded folks who think nuclear power is the key, but they aren’t talking of nuclear power that relies on Uranium (92-U). Instead, these folks promote something much safer and much much more abundant. Have you heard of Thorium (90-Th)? Scientists suggest that Thorium element is so abundant that we can find it to be in most rocks. Well, I’m not sure if that is the fact, but if it is then I would be damn. Well, if it isn’t, then I might have heard it wrong somehow. But, in any way we look at, Thorium technology is being promoted as safer nuclear technology where it won’t go exploding (i.e., Kaboom Kaboom) if something goes wrong. Some scientists suggest that instead of exploding when something goes wrong, Thorium nuclear technology might just have the waste to be drained away safely.
Scientists suggest that United States has knew about Thorium for more than thirty years, but the technology was never promoted and developed since the military wants to make bombs. Well, they say that, and I’m not sure if that is true. Perhaps, thirty years ago Thorium wasn’t so easy to work with, but now it isn’t the case? Anyhow, the video right after the break suggests that Thorium is much safer source for nuclear energy, to be energized the world thousands of years to come.
I do have an inkling feeling deep down that as technologies gets so proficient, there will be large group of people who do not want to promote proficient technologies for the fear of being less profitable. I don’t think it’s the case for all technologies, because some technologies are more profitable when proficiency matters. In the case of energy though, I fear that proficiency isn’t a welcoming element! Let just hope there are enough folks who push on to accomplish energy proficiency so there will be a day when global warming won’t even be worthy enough to creep into humankind’s energy conversations.
- The Thorium Dream: An Investigation of the New Nuclear Power (theatlantic.com)
- Thorium: The Nuclear Power We’ve Never Known (Video) (treehugger.com)
- Could One Element Power the Entire Planet? [Watch This] (gizmodo.com)
- What is thorium and how does it generate energy? (guardian.co.uk)
- What are the top 4 reasons for developing thorium technology (wiki.answers.com)
- Thorium – the safer nuclear power? (thetruthiswhere.wordpress.com)
- Thorium – the safer nuclear power? (rt.com)
- Thorium advocates launch pressure group | Duncan Clark (guardian.co.uk)
- India plans ‘safer’ nuclear plant powered by thorium (guardian.co.uk)
- Thorium advocates launch pressure group (climateinsight.wordpress.com)