The days grow shorter for the good guys. A tale of two Friedmans. An American Carol isn’t impressing. Heedless speeder. Plus more.
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, was all about
“electrons that meets all four criteria: abundant, clean, reliable,
and cheap” and it was written over sixty years ago by R.H.
Heinlien. Yes, it was science fiction back then too.
Ira M. Kessel
Your W. Tucker is quite right in criticizing the false precepts of
T. Freedman. What he forgot to mention is the fact that these “new
future alternative energy sources” are not new. The geothermal
power plants have been in existence for at least 70 years — they
are necessarily small, expensive, and deadly polluting. They leave
behind enormous amounts of arsenic and radioactive Cesium and
Strontium. Solar and wind power plants have also been in existence
for some 40 years — they are also small, ten to twenty times more
expensive in spite of all tax breaks and government mandates, and
utterly unreliable. How do I know this? Well, I worked over 30
years on all kinds of power plants — coal-fired, oil-fired,
gas-fired, nuclear, solar, geothermal, and wind-powered. This whole
hue and cry for “new, reliable, renewable, non-polluting”
technologies reminds me of the medieval alchemists searching for
, trying to convert lead into gold, and
inventing eternal youth stone. Destined for failure no matter how
many billions we throw at them!
Las Vegas, Nevada
William Tucker’s review doesn’t tell us whether “…In fact, the
(world population) numbers are generally expected to level off at
around 8-10 billion in 2050…” is his own assertion or was
paraphrased from the book he is reviewing. May I ask, “generally
expected” by whom? Why? What reason is there to believe that human
reproduction will do anything other than what it always has done,
namely, increase at about 150 percent of the rate of the growth in
economic accommodations available to it? As for Friedman’s book (I
haven’t read it and I won’t if Thomas Malthus isn’t in the index),
what point is there in rigging the planet for an additional five
billion souls (nuclear power is the only non-pipe dream option) if,
while it is being done, 7.5 billion more souls appear. Nothing will
have been gained; everyone still will end up standing back-to-back
and belly-to-belly, ankle deep in each others (radioactive) jelly.
Sooner or later, some are going to have to go over the side of
lifeboat, or not be allowed onto the lifeboat in the first place
(think China’s policy: one child per female).