Friday, July 27, 2012

350.org Failing to Reach Worldwide Policy Makers

My recent conversation with 350.org:

From: Steve Stephenson
Date: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: [General Inquiry] where's your solutions page?
To: "Organizers, 350.org"

> in addition to a dramatic scaling down of energy use.

AND THAT IS WHY YOU ARE FAILING WITH WORLDWIDE POLICY MAKERS !!!

All countries, esp. developing, want to have the same availability of energy as we (USA) have right now, and more in the future; not a meager gruel that will handicap the growth of our civilization.

And yes they will continue wanting it right up until they can't breathe anymore. It 's human nature.

What I'm trying to bring to your attention is a way to make your goal of reducing and eliminating the burning of fossil fuels actually achievable.

The British government is on board with a program, as is China's:
Stephen K Stephenson: @sks23cu
UK's Thorium initiative for LFTRs http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org

Stephen K Stephenson: @sks23cu
U.S. partners with China on new nuclear http://smrt.io/MA0tAg 


Of course you will have to educate your followers and the public at large to stop emotionally and unreasonably exaggerating radiation dangers from nuclear power plants. For example,
... population exposure from operation of 1000-MWe nuclear and coal-fired power plants amounts to 490 person-rem/year for coal plants and 4.8 person-rem/year for nuclear plants.
I think the public's biggest fear is of an accident at a nuclear plant that releases radioactive steam and gasses (like Fukushima). A secondary fear is the need to store radioactive wastes for a long time.

Both of these fears become irrational when considering the nuclear reactor originally researched by the USA and which the UK and China will be developing, the liquid salt LFTR:
Stephen K Stephenson: @sks23cu
350.org you've raised the alarm, now help provide the solution! http://on.ted.com/o3FE
  
Steve


On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM, Organizers, 350.org <organizers@350.org> wrote:
> Hi Stephen,
>
> Thanks for your note—but I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for.
> Here's a relatively basic factsheet(pdf) on solutions as we understand them.
> We advocate for a mix of renewable energy solutions, in addition to a
> dramatic scaling down of energy use.
>
> Hope that's helpful, and thanks again for your inquiry.
>
> Best,
>
> Allyse & the 350 team
>
> : : :  350.org  : : :
>
>
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:03 PM, <sks23@cornell.edu> wrote:
>>
>> Stephen Kent Stephenson sent a message using the contact form at
>> http://www.350.org/en/help.
>>
>> As a check after my last message I've tried to find solutions on your web
>> page and cannot. By solution I mean what do we replace fossil fuels with
>> that will meet and exceed the energy we get from them almost immediately and
>> forever?

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For an update on climate change check out Global Warming's Terrifying New Math. Jim Hansen takes it further into the future and talks about a Runaway Greenhouse Effect that will make the Earth truly a twin of Venus (which has surface temperatures above the melting point of lead.)

For more information on the solution, Liquid Floride Thorium Reactors, LFTRs, check out the Thorium Energy Alliance. We learn there that the first LFTR could be developed in 2 years and that subsequent units could be manufactured for $2M per MegaWatt. One 100 MW LFTR could be transported by one truck to where the power is needed.

Another resource: International Thorium Energy Organisation, IThEO

Here's a Feb. 2011 announcement of China's active research and development project to make LFTRs, which they call Thorium Fueled Molten Salt Reactors, TFMSRs. Jim Kennedy worries about our loss of intellectual property and the fact that we'll have to pay China to use what we did the original research on. Tell Congress and the President that you want the US to develop LFTRs and export them to the world!