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Re: Radiation.

Harold Bissonette wrote:
I think the bottom line of all of this is that we as individuals and our industries need to learn to use much much less electricity.

Define "we". We, the citizens of the developed world? We, the people of Earth? Because in the developing nations the average person is using very little electricity now...and to achieve a standard of living anywhere near what anyone in the developed world would consider "normal", they would have to multiply their per capita power consumption many times over.

On a theoretical level I agree with what you are saying. But on a practical level I am afraid that it doesn't address reality. And while I'll agree that the human race shouldn't content itself with always grasping at the pragmatic solution, we surely must strive to be somewhat fair. Clearly it would be hypocritical of the developed nations to expect their developing counterparts to keep their electricity consumption at virtual stone age levels rather than continue to close the gap a bit. And accepting that, we can't rely on the "let's all use a bit less electricity" model. We simply must come up with ways to replace fossil fuels to meet the world's ever-growing power consumption needs. (While, hopefully, not abandoning the efforts to indoctrinate the world's population with ideals of power/water conservation, responsible reproduction, love thy neighborism, etc.)

Apr 24, 2011, 15:24


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