Nuclear energy is in relative developmental dwarfism in its current incumbent, the future however could wave in a nuclear revolution. The current ongoing Nuclear Security conference may be highlighting the global threat of covert abusive nuclear practices, but a silent revolution is beginning to take place and we are all apart of it.

Achieving a fast, effective and economic solution to climate change is one of the greatest political, industrial and human challenges, we as a global community have ever faced.

An ever-increasing international sensitivity to carbon emissions, foreboding about the mass sustainability of currently employed energy resources and a concerted effort on behalf of industrialists, academics and energy innovators have led to an urgent search for a silver bullet solution.

While the majority of efforts have been focused on creating new energy sources, or developing currently underdeveloped technologies such as  Biomass, Geothermal, Wind, Wave and Solar,. An increasingly political driven agenda towards nuclear energy as an effective solution to combat climate change is emerging i.e. a high yielding sustainable energy source, with effectively negligible carbon emissions.

“To meet our growing energy needs and prevent the worst consequences of climate change, we’ll need to increase our supply of nuclear power. It’s that simple.” President Barrack Obama. Political leadership is challenging a harden heavily environmental influenced public opinion, that the only plausible cure to climate change is an Eco-centric approach to energy creation and conservation.

The global citizenry is easily influenced is by the politics of fear. The reluctance or inability of many to differentiate between Nuclear power and Atomic defense systems lies at the core of many peoples perspective as nuclear power as a destructive force. Combined with the human catastrophe associated with plant malfunctions and the challenges of toxic waste disposal. A heavily influential anti-nuclear sector can harness the horrors of nuclear power by reciting wars, disasters and its aftereffects. This can act as an effective shock to the solar plexus of a public psyche even considering the viability of Nuclear power as an effective solution.Tagging on the emotional heartstrings of public opinion is a powerful tool.

The undisputed empirical evidence aligned with political leadership may turn the tide of public opinion and begin a more logically influenced acceptance of the benefits and inevitability of nuclear power as a viable combatant of climate change. The French have a long history of a progressive approach to Nuclear power as a primary energy source. Nearly 80% of France’s electrical energy generation is via nuclear sources, as a consequence they have an extremely favorable energy creation/carbon emissions ratio and could prove an effective industrial model for major powers considering energy conversions from traditional fossil fuels.

It appears the trade-off between costs and consequences lies at the heart of public acceptance of a nuclear approach to climate change. Nuclear power is essentially a non-natural resource reliant energy industry, including uranium enrichment there is an abundant amount of essential materials needed for nuclear power creation. The two most indispensable aspects needed are substantial start-up finance and highly developed human capital.

The trade-off is safety, toxic waste disposal, threat of terrorist attacks and the volatility of nuclear power. Nuclear reactors are expensive to build but cheap to run in comparison to fossil fuel alternatives. As of March 2008, there are 439 nuclear power plants around the world, while 35 more are under construction. The USA has the most with 104, France is next with 59, then Japan with 55 and Russia has 31 and seven more under construction. Prudent estimates are ranging from a minimum expansion rate of nuclear reactors in the short-term of 23% and in the long-term(next 30 years) of 93% . Nuclear power is going to become more ingrained in society as an effective energy source and its long-term goal is to become the ultimate conversion model from fossil fuel dependent energy creation.

Achieving optimal security and enhancing already highly developed safety features, while demonstrating the long-term economic benefits and the attractive contribution nuclear power plays against the harmful effects of global climate change are key to the public perception of the progressive role of atomic energy.

Nuclear energy is in relative development dwarfism in its current incumbent, the future however could wave in a nuclear revolution. A more developed version of the Kyoto Protocol may pave the way. An international agreed agreement on introduction of universal punitive measures to limit carbon emissions could lie the key to rapid and far-reaching nuclear development. Most radical changes in commercial industry are sparked by adverse economic situations. An aggressive tax regime and economic sanctions against carbon emissions on industrial, governmental and commercial sectors could very well be the economic catalysis to revolutionize the nuclear power development.

The critical decision whether to embark on a nuclear approach seems to already have been finalized, global governmental policies are being shifted towards nuclear power as a viable solution to our energy crises and as an effective solution to erode current carbon emissions. The rate at which this conversion to universal nuclear energy provision is realised depends on the rate of collapse of environmental systems and the ferocity of global actors actions in cutting carbon emissions.

We have a new and clear global program for energy production, that will alleviate our constant crave for energy and appeases carbon emissions concerns, but consequently this solution will not be easily swallowed.

Its a question of take your medicine, like it or lump it, and welcome to the nuclear revolution!

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