Synopsis

#1 ENERGY PRODUCTION BY THE COMBUSTION OF FOSSIL FUELS WILL EVENTUALLY BE PHASED OUT.

As the people of the world raise their standard of living, the accompanying increase in fossil fuel use will be unsustainable. Climate change brought on by growing emissions of carbon dioxide will disrupt societies. The pollution threat will be increased by the forced growth in the use of low-grade fossil fuels. Improved living standards will increase the demand for chemicals from fossil fuel to produce higher value end uses products such as plastics and drugs. The price of energy and chemicals derived from fossil fuels will spiral, driven by fierce competition over dwindling supplies. The probability of lethal international conflicts over energy supplies will grow.

#2 ONLY FUSION POWER GENERATION OFFERS AN ENERGY SOURCE SUFFICIENTLY ROBUST AND SAFE TO SUPPLY BASE LOAD ENERGY NEEDS.

Renewable energy sources, (solar, wind etc.) must be harvested but these sources are neither large enough nor reliable enough to serve as base load source. Fission power is too dangerous. Of the current known energy sources, only fusion can supply safe energy for hundreds of years.

#3 A SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL FUEL WILL BE REQUIRED BECAUSE RENEWABLE ENERGY AND FUSION SOURCES PRODUCES ONLY ELECTRICITY OR HEAT.

A simple chemical fuel is needed for summer to winter energy storage, to compensate for daily variations in demand and to supply the energy needed by the transportation sector of the economy. Hydrogen can be produced with renewable and/or fusion energy to serve as the synthetic fuel. Water can be decomposed with electric current to provide hydrogen and a by-product, oxygen. The process is called electrolysis. Electrolysis is a very simple and extremely efficient process.

#4 HYDROGEN HAS, BY FAR, THE LOWEST POLLUTION POTENTIAL (ZERO) OF ANY SYNTHETIC FUEL.

Hydrogen fuel use has been demonstrated in homes, industries, automobiles, and airplanes. All these demonstrations have validated the low pollution potential of hydrogen fuel. There appear to be no technical barriers to converting all fuel-burning devices, from commercial jet planes to primitive cooking fires, to the use of hydrogen.

#5 WHEN HYDROGEN IS PRODUCED FROM WATER, BY ELECTROLYSIS, THE ONLY BY-PRODUCT IS OXYGEN.

Oxygen can help solve the second grave challenge of the 21st century, adequate safe water supplies. Oxygen greatly enhances the treatment of wastewater. It can aid in reducing the pollution load in existing rivers and lakes. Oxygen enhanced incineration can greatly reduce the environmental damage caused by trash disposal.

#6 THE FUSION ENERGY TECHNOLOGY IS RIPE FOR AN ENGINEERING PUSH FOR PRACTICAL DEVELOPMENT.

Fusion energy has been under development for about 50 years. Recent progress shows that the investigators understand the major scientific problems. An engineering push, like the Apollo Moon Lander program, should produce commercial fusion reactors in less than 10 years.

#7 THE TASK OF DEVELOPING THE FUSION HYDROGEN ENERGY SYSTEM IS WELL WITHIN THE CAPABILITY OF A NUMBER OF ADVANCED NATIONS.

A number of advanced nations (or a consortium of nations) could complete the development of the fusion hydrogen energy system. The nations that complete this task will provide a profoundly valuable service to mankind by eliminating pollution arising from the use of fossil fuel and aiding in providing safe water. They will be rewarded with large financial profits by producing and selling the fusion hydrogen energy systems to other nations.

Reasoning presented in earlier chapters showed that renewable energy backed up with a fusion base load generation system is the best replacement energy source and hydrogen was the best possible energy carrier. The advantages and technology requirements for the use of hydrogen in transportation were presented. The total Fusion-Hydrogen system was described. The beneficial use of oxygen to reduce other forms of environmental problems was described. The attempt was made to show Fusion-Hydrogen is the best solution from the standpoint of the planet and its denizen.

It will be up to you, the reader, to determine if this plan meets your criteria of the best possible approach for the world or if some other action should be taken. If this plan does not suit you, find one that does and make a commitment. Once decided, support the position with zeal because a planetary solution to the energy problem is necessary to prevent the collapse of civilization and the possible extinction of humanity. Remember from Chapter 1 how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization said that warned of devastating global warming of 1.5 to 6 Degrees Celsius (2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit) during this century. It should be noted that each time the IPCC meets they project greater wanning, and a warming that will occur sooner.

The negative effects of an environment degraded from the recovery and use of fossil fuels for energy generation is presently being experienced as acid rain and climatic changes. Economic malaise created by escalating energy prices and the international tensions caused by the location of more than 60% of the world's supply of oil in the most politically unstable part of the world which (after September 11 events) are back to the center of the world stage. Over the next decade or two these influences are likely to be fully operational and have the potential to destroy most of what we hold dear.

If you are under 50 years old, our current fossil fuel based life style clearly has the potential to reduce your standard of living. The younger you are the more it will matter. If you are over 50, cherish your children and grandchildren, do something! Apathy is the only barrier to success.

Build a consensus that something should be done. If you like this plan, fight for it; if some other plan looks better, fight for that one! If you are a student, bring it up in school. If you are a stockholder, ask your corporation to do something about the problem; but, let them know you would be willing to accept a somewhat lower dividend for several years to achieve a worthwhile end. Write your government officials demanding action be taken to save earth from humanity's excesses. If we developed the fusion hydrogen energy system, our descendants will enjoy a worldwide high technology civilization and a healthy environment.

Earth is the only planet known to harbor life. Humanity's current fossil fuel energy system is one of the major contributors to conditions that will drive many of earth's life forms to extinction, possibly even humanity itself. The plan outlined in this book can provide a method of halting one of the pressures driving life to the brink. Some action must be taken to preserve the only known planet with life. The Fusion-Hydrogen energy system can fulfill this goal. The task will be fun, and it can be done if we find

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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