Editor: Two stories in Friday’s Guardian (Sept. 27) are worthy of comment.
First, Prime Minister Harper says he won’t take no for an answer regarding presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Good luck with that Steve; Obama has resisted approval of this project for good reasons. He knows that we must progressively wean ourselves off fossil fuels.
Second, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Studies has released its latest assessment of the state of our atmosphere, and the message is clear: human influence on the warming of the atmosphere is 95 per cent certain; and we have passed the 400 parts per million concentration that ensures that whatever we do from now on, we are faced with considerable warming of the planet.
The implications are clear. We must phase out fossil fuels as quickly as possible; we must phase in clean energy generation very quickly; and we must do this without ruining the economy.
Fortunately some scientists have begun advocating the use of an already developed type of nuclear reactor that was shelved during the cold war as it didn’t require uranium, and thus languished in the box of promising technologies that were ignored during those dark days.
I speak of the thorium reactor. Thorium is plentiful, it can be used in a reactor that has far less radiation problems that existing technology, the waste products are much less dangerous, and it can’t be used to make atomic bombs. It is the green energy source of the future
My concern is that with our current administration that is focused entirely on dirty oil, Canada will miss out on the opportunities for selling advanced thorium reactors to the world, and continue to be a world pariah in energy policy.