TCA (my initials)

March 23, 2007

the objection is sustainable

Filed under: Doodling — TCA @ 8:26 pm

Yesterday I wrote that money invested in nuclear energy “would be better spent on developing sustainable energy.” I meant to say renewable energy.

So. Why am I quibbling over a minor error? Why am I bothering to make this correction? Yes, there is a good reason.

Wikipedia says “environmentalists James Lovelock, Patrick Moore (Greenpeace co-founder) [and] Stewart Brand (creator of The Whole Earth Catalog) […] claim that nuclear power is at least as environmentally friendly as traditional sources of renewable energy, making it the best future solution to global warming and the world’s growing need for energy.”

As the Brits would say, James Lovelock is a trifle eccentric. He invented the concept of Gaia. I think that his theory has no basis in science. It’s a pop culture fad that’s custom-made for educated people who gobbled up psychedelic drugs in the 1960s and 1970s. Planet Earth is not a lifeform–although it may possess spiritual properties–but science is not the place for religious questions.

The adult life of Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore is the story of brutal infighting on the political left. So this is what it has come to… Twisted rationalization. What a shame.

Of greatest interest to me is Stewart Brand–publisher of The Whole Earth Catalog and founder of The WELL–the Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link. I’m silly@well.com and I’m not alone.

Maybe Stewart Brand’s conscience has never been able to reconcile the large amount of toxic waste that resulted from the printing of his massive catalog bearing a full-color photo of planet Earth on the cover.

Years before Stewart Brand’s defection to the Dark Side, I coined the phrase The Nuclear Powered Virtual Reality Gravy Train in a parody of Tom Wolfe.

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