To Drill or Not to Drill? – USF News

Posted by Trish Riley, June 3, 2010

Ron Chandler and two other University of South Florida professors debate the benefit of drilling and our energy future:

“Clean coal and nuclear, like methanol are ecologically and economically unsustainable; that is they are profoundly expensive, resource destructive distractions from attaining sustainable energy use/development systems. We can reduce the emission loadings from coal combustion faster through conservation and by devoting our investments (time, intellect and funds) into accelerating alternative energy development and implementation.

“Regarding nuclear: the true cost of centuries of radioactive contamination of the ecosystems that sustain us has never been factored into nuclear energy’s cost per KW. But perhaps equally important is that we do not have the water anywhere on Earth to begin to exchange coal and gas electric generation for nuclear electric generation. The same is true for ethanol. Water is the great equalizer as well as the great reducer. Global water scarcity has become the norm, and half the world’s people including the US are facing regional if not continental water shortage within the next 10 years.”

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