The need for a change from fossil fuels is so much more than the high prices at the gas pumps. Sure these are hurting us all, especially the less fortunate among us. But the world is changing, and our dependence on fossil fuels has reached the end of the time this can continue in even a semblance of a peaceful and socially acceptable way.
According to www.bread.org, “The world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years. 925 million people are hungry. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds. The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty.”
Fusion can change all of this. Once fusion can be made to produce an abundance of energy in the laboratory, we will begin perfecting the technology to make it readily usable to small scale power houses. Our hope is that this will become inexpensive enough to allow third world countries to meet all of their energy needs through fusion.
Once we reach this technological level, the world will change very quickly.
Today, so much of the world budget goes into buying oil. Some of this money is then used to finance terrorist organizations and fund nations who have a deep-seated passion to dominate the world by force.
With fusion, most of the money now spent on fuel purchases around the world will be able to be diverted into other needs, such as purchasing food.
Today, we are turning badly needed food crops into fuel for our automobiles. The cost of production to turn a finished product, corn, into fuel is so high that it must be subsidized by the government. This is because it takes more resources to make the fuel than it produces in benefit. Of course, the real tragedy is that those with little funds must now compete with petro-companies to buy the grains.
With fusion, the world will put an end to these desperate acts of madness that we are using to prop up our needs for fuels.
Today, in areas where the climate is too cold, or the growing season is too short, the people have a difficult time growing their own food in sufficient amounts to avoid hunger.
With fusion, the unlimited supply of energy will make electricity very inexpensive, especially once the technology is able to produce fusion in a relatively small power plant. If we can reach this level soon, it will eliminate the need for massive transmission facilities. People around the world will be able to grow food in greenhouses that are warmed and lighted by the endless power of fusion. Also, with oil no longer having any market value except for lubricants and as the base for making synthetic materials, the cost of clear greenhouse plastic will also drop greatly.
Today, desertification has become a major problem around the world. Desertification is the process by which fertile land degrades into a desert, usually in semi-arid regions. 40% of the world’s land area is dryland, Around 10 to 20 percent of those drylands have already changed into desert-like areas.
With fusion, we will have the ability to power desalination plants to irrigate around the world. We already build such plants, but the energy to power them and to pump the water any distance is prohibitive without the unlimited energy source of fusion.
Today, the high fuel prices make it costly to transport food and manufactured goods, thereby raising the cost to levels that are prohibitive to some.
With fusion, the cost of transportation will plummet as we tap into the new economics of unlimited energy.
Unlimited energy will allow us to reshape the very paradigms that we use to function as a planet. It will bring new ways of doing things that we have not even considered. It will also change many evils that now abound. We who have depended on fossil fuels to give us a better way of life, have neglected to look “behind the curtain” to learn the real costs of these fuels.
When we go to our friendly neighborhood gas station to fill up our cars, we have no idea of the disturbing costs that are being paid by so many less fortunate people. We all were in great distress over the terrible BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but for the people of some countries, such as Nigeria, this is a way of life. Corruption in their government, supported by ruthless oil companies, such as Shell, brings a nightmare to the daily lives of so many people. These companies drench the land in oil and despoil their farm lands with endless leaks and spills. Complaints to the government can get you killed because the officials have already been bought and paid for by our petro-dollars.