Planet Earth, in Darkness

Running Out

Coal
Coal
Oil
Oil
Disaster
Disaster

Power

Whatever yours views are on drilling for oil, mining or nuclear energy, I think that it is clear to us all that coal and oil will, one day run out.

Many probably thought that it would be OK because when it did, we would all be using nuclear energy.

Now however, since the Japanese earth quake, some people are having their doubts on the safety of nuclear reactors. Whether their concerns are fully justified or not, it is a fact that the more you have the more prone you become to the chances of a disaster.

Examples would be: we have been mining for centuries, yet still mining accidents happen. We have not been drilling for oil so long but then we have been for decades, yet still accidents can happen, such as in the Gulf of Mexico.

The difference here is though, if there is an accident at a nuclear plant, it may not only be the workers there that are affected, perhaps not even just the region. An accident at a nuclear plant could have affects globally.

The Future

Geo Thermal Energy
Geo Thermal Energy
Or This
Or This

Power for the Future

I do not think that even the biggest optimist believes that all our power needs can be met by Wind, Wave and Hydro alone, especially as the needs continue to increase.

Perhaps another source we could use is “People Power” or “Auto Power”.

The people power could be pressure pads at the entrances to Malls. The pressure pads linked to a ratchet and gear system that in turn is linked to a dynamo. The auto power would use the same system except with pressure strips across highways or parking lot entrances.

This wouldn’t solve all the problems on their own. They could however supply a Mall or Toll Booth with energy one day a month. Perhaps these could be used as backups instead of using diesel generators. A domestic one could be developed for use at your home.

I am not an engineer and appreciate that this may not be practical, that is not the point. The point is that all of us must try to keep thinking of ways of either reducing energy needs or developing reusable resources for energy.

It may be that a new source will be discovered to cater to all our needs but it is more likely that it will be a combination of many that will save the day.

Scientists do not have a monopoly on good ideas. Whether it be by tapping the energy from the Earths core or walking round in circles, humanity, globally can solve the problem.

We must, unless we want to start preparing for the day when our World will be plunged into darkness.

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gogogo 5 years ago

thanks for another enlightening article.


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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

Another problem we face in this search for new sources of energy is that those who control the oil and coal industries are more than willing to bring the scenario you describe to a reality than allow science to discover the energy sources of tommorrow. Why should they lose one dollar of profits when they wont be alive to see the end result of their greed. Discovering tommorrows energy souce will accomplish nothing if the oil companies simply buy up the technology and hide it away.

As you say what we have will one day be gone and it is then and only then that the oil and coal industries will allow the search to begin. They are also aware that as we move closer to the day when the finite supply of fossil fuels are expended, they will be making even more money off of the limited resouces they control.

This is another problem with a purely capitalistic approach to running our country. It is cheaper to maintain the status quo than to invest in saving the planet. It is cheaper to lie to a gulllible population than to take the lead in providing for the needs of future generations. This approach to destroying our planet for profit is the darling of the GOP and they are simply obey their true masters. Years of unrestained abuse have convinced those in power that it's their birth right to continue on this path. You are seeing the first signs of our future unless some changes are demanded by the very citizens who encourage this type of abuse, the GOP voters and faithful. If they are willing to shut down our government in an effort to protect a few tax breaks, what makes you think they care about anything other than their power to destroy at will?


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Bravo Rafken, we all need a daily reminder of what we need to do, not just for us but for our children, Peter

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