Electricity, how it has benefitted man since we have acquired the power to harnass it. Where would we be without it? It makes our lives easier, allowing us to focus on educating our youth. The developments in medicine we have achieved as a result of electricity are a true complement to the technology. Think of where it could lead us, the kind of wonderful world that is possible. Virtually everything that we have today and will have in the future is made possible thanks to electricity.
One need only look to the past and to developing countries to observe the benefits of electricity. The life expectancy of developed nations is nearly 80 years, 20-30 greater than 100 years ago, and we can see a similar gulf with developing countries. The reason is that we readily have access to this marvelous resource while the poorer countries do not.
There are those who think development is a bad thing. I am talking of the anti-capitalists, the extreme environmentalists and those who regard the human race as a parasite on the earth. They can live a life of hardship and early death if they want, but don’t deny those who need to develop.
For those who think of humans as a disease, poisoning the planet really don’t know much about natural selection. Those more suited to their environment survive to reproduce, those that do not, die. We have proven ourselves adapted and have reached the point where we can alter our environment more than any other lifeform. Why is this bad? Beavers also drastically change their environment and in fact drive other species affected by their dams to their death. So to do bacteria change the world in which they live. Why are we any different? I consider our influence an extension of the natural selection process. If we can do so in a sustainable manner, so all generations have can reap its benefits, why shouldn’t we develop?
Some may hit out at the reason we have electricity, predominatly coal, gas and oil. Ignoring the carbon dioxide emitted as a result of burning them (as a global warming skeptic, I doubt they contribute significantly to the climate), consider the alternative. While greenies may brag about how good solar and wind (hydro and nuclear power are good but they don’t want that either) are as alternative energy, they forget however that these are intermittant sources of power and very expensive. With them at the backbone of our economy, we would never have made it this far. If we try to build an economy on wind and solar power, we can no longer develop as we once did. Think then of the implications of the third world.
While coal and oil may have been man’s best friend since the industrial revolution, they will not last forever. Instead of wasting our time on our currently pathetic methods of harnassing wind and solar energy, we should find a source of power that can be what coal and oil have been for us, a new best friend. Nuclear fission could play a role and perhaps in the future, fussion.