Just had an epiphany. The West is not interested in renewing any nuclear arms limitation treaties with Russia or China, because, ladies and gents, we are trying to bankrupt the Russians by launching a new arms race.
One of the best ways to destabilize Russia is by taking away its oil-based revenue. Another is to engage in another futile arms race sapping its domestic spending.
That is exactly why there are so many initiatives to change the fossil fuel based economy of today into the non-fossil fuel economy of tomorrow. The powers that be do not care about our planet. They just want to destroy the Russian quasi-monopoly on the European energy market.
Another epiphany. While mowing the lawn, I was contemplating on the lessons learned from the Chernobyl debacle. I mean what did we learn from using nuclear energy in the first place?!
And then it all came to me. While many people are clearly afraid of the power of atom, I am not. I do have a huge dose of respect in this matter but no, I am not afraid. I mean, sure thing with the atom, we get Fukushima, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl. Without it, we do not get nuclear medicine, heat, power, the space race, etc.
Without the atom, there’d be no truly modern investigative medicine capable of seeing into the human body like never before. Without it, most people would be debilitated or killed by cancers in their 40s and 50s. One of the perverse effects of nuclear medicine is that it added at least 20-25 years to our puny lifespans. And how did we use that time?! Shabbily. Instead of coming up with a way to explore the cosmos, we squander our lives doing nothing but taking selfies all day long.
Instead of writing books, teaching, learning, dreaming new inventions, researching our universe, we engage in sterile hedonistic pursuits. It would be ironic if it weren’t so damn moronic of the human race. The atom enabled us to live into our 70s, even our 80s, and we spend all that extra time our less fortunate ancestors had – doing nothing of consequence.
People used to live full, rich and noble lives before. They died in their prime of disease, exhaustion and of stress knowing that their insufficient lifespans condemned them to 20-hour workdays. But, they LIVED. Vixerunt! We inherited a world of sacrifice, and we squander it with the abandon of the meek.
But, even though we owe our fat rich and squalid lives in part to the atom, we have the audacity to blame it for the risks that come with all human ventures. Life is risky. But we do not seem to know or care about that.
My point is that all technology takes time to be streamlined, and accepted. Its faults and weaknesses, its dangers and risks tend to surface after 100 years or so. Look at the atom.
It took 20-25 years for people to realize that it was not a good idea to expose one to radiation. Back in the 1900s, shoe vendors used radiation boxes to take xrays of people’s feet. Not a bright idea. Who knew though!
Back in the 1920s, they used to sell radium glow in the freaking dark wrist watches. People wore them proudly. Then the girls assembling them started to glow in the dark and die of cancer. Again who the hell knew this was dangerous!
Even later on, during the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviets did not really know all the effects of radiation on the human body. Nobody really knew how, how long and which type of radiation would kill people. Without people dying left, right and center, we would not know today how radiation kills, how long it takes for a condemned irradiated area to become habitable again, etc etc.
So, when most people tell you that nuclear energy is not safe, be sure to know that is a lie. With all technology comes a risk. Knowing all the risks takes time. Humanity when faced with a problem will develop solutions. Sometimes, fear-mongering gets the best of us because we have in inside us to jump to irrational conclusions and act life paranoid primates.
Originally, they said that Prypiat and the exclusion area would be radioactive for tens of thousands of years. But then, earth worms adapted and survived. Now, they are 60% longer and larger than before the nuclear accident.
In the 90s, they said that nothing could live inside the zone for thousands of years. By 1998, there were herds of wild horses living and thriving.
Now, there’s people going back to live in those once “glowing in the dark” forests. And interestingly enough, nobody is growing a second head.
They now say, that it will be safe within 100-200 years to go back and rebuild the city, not the reactor.
It is funny how little we know and yet how fast we jump to conclusions.
People should have known though that life was possible after a nuclear accident. Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sure, those were primordially semi-dirty bombs that killed by blast, initial gamma and xray radiation. Yet, still, the atom is not as black as people want it to be.