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A Radical Proposal for Nuclear Energy

  • Kevin Mequet
Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Abstract

As the previous chapter outlined, we are at a stage of crisis in our current paradigm and use of energy. It is with this crisis point in mind that we offer up a proposal for a radically new and different way of thinking about energy. Put plainly, the reason that we have not been able to cross the nuclear threshold is because of our adherence to a thermodynamic model. The only thing we know how to do with nuclear energy is to make boilers or bombs, to use it as a fuel to heat stuff, or to fuel an explosion to blow stuff up.1 From fire to oil, our primary view of fuel is as a means of generating energy by burning and then attempting to utilize the heat that results. A steam engine burns a fuel, originally coal, to boil water and then turn a wheel. Most people confuse energy with heat, and sunlight with the heat of the sun. For a nuclear power plant, we use nuclear fissile materials to heat a medium such as water that then turns a generator with its steam. But what if heat is not the point of energy production but rather the by-product? What we need is a new energy paradigm.

Keywords

Dynamic Core Nuclear Element Magnetic Dipole Field Paramagnetic Moment Radical Proposal 
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