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  • 15-May-10 Foreword to Energy Primer for Kids
    (in TWTW May 15, 2010)

    S. Fred Singer, Chairman and President , Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

    Foreword to Energy Primer for Kids

    May 15, 2010

    Foreword to Energy Primer for Kids by Vladislav Bevc

    We are fortunate to live at a time when energy is plentiful and relatively cheap. A century ago, electric power was just becoming available, and what a difference it has made in our lives. A hundred years from now, many of our supplies of fossil fuels, and especially oil, will be near depletion and very costly. But we will never really run out of energy itself, thanks to nuclear reactors.

    Getting energy is risky business. Coal miners die in accidents, gas explosions kill people, oil spills cause environmental damage. But it's a price worth paying. Thanks to energy, we live longer, healthier, and more comfortable lives - and not only in the developed countries.

    Unfortunately, there are those who would make energy more costly and even ration it - in the mistaken belief that this would avert an imagined climate disaster. I have no doubt that the world will soon overcome this mistaken notion; but in the meantime it will cause much economic harm. There is no need to invest in costly and unreliable energy sources, such as wind and solar, which have to be heavily subsidized. Certainly, the "hydrogen economy" is a huge boondoggle, and so are most biofuel schemes.

    I am confident that nuclear energy, in one form or other, will sustain our civilization indefinitely - if we can overcome the opposition, which is based on unreasonable and unrealistic fears.

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