The New Green Deal Goes Nuclear
By Dean Balsamo
(Mark up of the MIT cover by the author)
“Less we say about it the better.
Make it up as we go along.
Feet on the ground.
Head in the sky.
I know nothing’s wrong.
(This Must Be the Place- A Naive Melody — The Talking Heads.)
“Undeserved misfortune,” is the label screenwriters give to the strategy they use to elicit our empathy for the story’s Protagonist in the early moments of the film.
For instance. Fade In : we open on a white male, 50’s, in the midst of being fired by the new owner who’s downsizing the company. The unfortunate employee’s been there so long he’s like the furniture. But he’s fired through no fault of his own –his 20 years with the company mean zip. His wife’s sickly—a couple of kids in college…
It’s the stuff of life…the conflict gives form to a character’s life — allows us to feel a deeper connection with the Protagonist.
This is how I feel about the slap down The New Green Deal got this week.
It doesn’t deserve to be shot down like this.
It’s a brilliant piece of Persuasion…it’s on everyone’s mind. And who doesn’t want a greener future.
(Bird #1 survivor)
But it’s like the movies…you have to satisfy your audience…give them the “obligatory moment,” the genre’s beats demand…
Like when the couple finally..kiss, screw, fight…the inevitable stuff the audience is expecting to experience through the characters.
It wasn’t much of surprise. The strategy was telegraphed in the media weeks before. It was a ritual. A public slaying ritual – a sacrifice to gain favor from the gods that govern the Simulation.
The audience got what it expected.
Okay. It’s done.
Now let’s go
Yes. That nuclear.
The nuclear that had us doing Pavlovian dives under our desks with sirens -and drove the nightmares that fed the print and movies we consumed…
And painted still -terrifying scenarios of the meltdowns from the last 40 years.
(Metior #25 Red by the author)
But like an archaic echo of the Atoms for Peace program from the 50’s…
The things I’ve been consuming lately convince me that going nuclear is the only feasible way to take a serious step towards getting off fossil fuels…getting to a cleaner environment… While keeping the economy from melting down in the process of converting.
Whatever you believe about the merits of higher taxes on the uber wealthy and Socialism…
These memes won’t power anything but discord by trying to sell the NGD with them. Nevertheless since AOC gave us the NGD…
Bill Gates..Time Magazine and Periscopes by experts and influencers… have come out promoting the new GEN IV reactors.
And I’m with them. Let’s give them a try.
American companies are currently building three of them in China. So why not here?
From what I can tell going nuclear with the Gen IV reactors is the only way we match what we’ll be giving up by eliminating fossil fuel and maintaining the integrity of our grid – our society.
The new Gen IV technology that Gates –backs:
Doesn’t melt down because it’s not water-cooled-no explosions.
Can use different radioactive fuels.
Some consume their own waste
Are more compact and efficient.
Are scalable and reproducible.
If we go about it the right away ultimately we’d be able to…
Bring desalinization plants on line that can finally serve the masses since we’d have all the power we need for them.
Minimize and eliminate oil pipe and electrical transmission…lines from crisscrossing sensitive cultural and scenic landscapes and reduce the risk of harmful accidents.
Make the localization of energy creation a reality—powering cities with small, efficient, safe reactors located nearby.
( abandoned mine shaft that will house Gen IV reactor in the mountains)
Maybe I’ve become immune or jaded but even though I’ve lived half my life within 35 miles of Los Alamos…I never think of nuclear danger…although we’ve always joked about the mutations we must all be experiencing because of the uranium tailings in the air from previous mining here….
But I think the best thing we can right now is create
A NEW MANHATTAN PROJECT.
Like the original– bring together the best minds and experts and figure out how we can tie the new reactors into our grid by creating a must win scenario.
. My feeling is we’ll be surprised at how tasty the nuclear offerings look on our plate. Let’s get the New Green Deal off to a flying start.
The biggest challenge at this point though…is getting its promoters to even consider the potential for nuclear. I feel this is shortsighted. It’s not good science. My hope is the NGD sponsors will reconsider their stance on nuclear.
BORDER BARRIER+WETLANDS = PROPOSAL
AGAVE SUNSET – BORDER BARRIER SUITE – MIXED MEDIA BY THE AUTHOR
I wonder what we’ll get… do you think it’ll be a bi-partisan barrier solution informed by the experts?…
Or… the same grab bag of personal animosity, “moral” invocations and resistance for resistance’s sake….that makes it impossible to deal with this challenge in the way it should be dealt with:
A problem-solving exercise.
In the previous post I began framing a third way to look at the southern barrier.
BORDER BARRIER — THINKING ABOUT ART & DESIGN
Since most of us already agree – that it needs to be addressed…I don’t see the need for the antagonistic elements above. Since all they do is kick up dust – add nothing germane to the situation…I remove them from consideration.
That said, I do wonder how we’re going to tackle the issues around Wetlands,
and Preserves plus the private property that sits at the border.
I understand why walls and slats are used in the dense urban– border areas.
Dusk Exit- Tijuana-Caravan #2 :Border Barrier Suite
But what can we do in the more rural expanses…where large, wide-open, landscapes and a lack of people set the tone? And ecosystems we want to avoid disturbing? Where presumably most of the concerns about the issues above …are concentrated.
Given the partisan nature of our hot button issue debates…It looks like an impossible situation. To many people to please—too many agendas to serve.
But maybe we don’t have to panic.
Last week on Periscope I watched – a broadcaster mention an
off-the shelf product
that offers the best solution I’ve heard thus far about barriers around these sensitive areas:
Apparently fiber optics is so pressure-sensitive that it can detect everything from cars to coyotes and everything in between that crosses its path.
Israel whose “wall” is mostly fencing — uses various configurations of fiber optics with great success.
We can bury it in the ground…
in our barrier-sensitive areas — where it will read the traffic coming over it.
The upside for the areas of concern is… this minimal, “smart” approach is about as non-invasive as you can get—requiring less land and doing less damage…no huge backhoes… since installation should be comparatively minimal for laying the cable.
This could then make the barrier issue more about easements…
instead of full – scale appropriation or major changes to the exiting land.
As for patrolling the area…
Night Helicopter Caravan #3 Tijuana: Border Barrier Suite
given the landscape and lack of population…
it’s hard to imagine many barrier-crossers avoiding detection…
Agents, drones, and robots responding to the fiber optic signals should be able to handle most of the situations.
The ROI on this approach will be great as costs are a fraction of what walls and slat approaches would run.
Now if only we’ll start looking at our divisions as problem solving challenges instead of an abyss.