[ RadSafe ] Fusion, The Manhattan Project, and World Wars
jjc105 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 6 17:07:06 CDT 2011
Perhaps the main problem with scientific decisions today is that the really
important decisions are being made by politicians (who control funding), and
not by scientists. Nuclear waste management policy is a case in point.
In my opinion we're engaged in a struggle now which is much more
dangerous for humanity and more likely to lead to war than anything
we've ever seen before. Whether through political manipulation,
depletion of resources, overpopulation, economic disparity, or other
mechanism, we've come to the brink of war over energy resources. For
now, it's a cold war waged by the government agencies and corporations
of developed and emerging nations. Soon the gloves are going to come
off if we don't find a way to change how we produce and use energy.
When that happens the shooting wars which ensue will make previous wars
look like schoolyard spats. One place I think the scientific community
misses the mark is our inability to convey the gravity of the situation
to political and business leaders, and solutions we can contribute to
prevent this from happening.
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