The global debate on energy when it comes to coal is focused on environmental degradation, big money corruption and Climate change. The main cause for alarm at the moment is the increasing consumption of energy resources in the quest to ensure economic growth targets are met. The issue is key in both China and India.
While the Chinese are making significant strides ahead in terms of solar energy installations having installed over 11GW of solar in the past year alone and just two weeks ago increasing yet again their internal solar energy production targets to 70GW by 2017 there is still the looming shadow of coal consumption that is fuelling the production of the solar panels hanging around like a bad smell.
The strange thing about the Chinese dependance on Coal is that they have all the facilities in place to ensure constant supply of Concentrated Solar Power. Instead of burning up the coal that is being shipped over from countries like Australia and Indonesia they could be using it as the raw material for Carbon Steel. In other words they are literally burning the future of construction in the quest for energy independence. This is surely an over sight on the part of the Chinese who in all other aspects are starting to lead the way or at the very least catch up when it comes to getting their ducks in a row.
We put the question out to those who are reading. Why is there not a consolidated effort on the part of China and India to utilise the abundant resources of Concentrated Solar Power and Thorium to enable a new green energy future? There is no need for producing any more nuclear weapons as we already have more than enough to kill everyone under the MAD doctrine so dual use nuclear technology has become redundant.
With a razor sharp focus on building out CSP and thorium energy storage we can easily overcome the pollution problem that currently plagues the modern industrialised world. Surely the amount of energy that is wasted on propping up the military industrial complex to enable the insane quest for perpetual war is better spent on creating energy positive or at the very least energy neutral solutions for the next generation of sustainable growth. We can then better use the remaining reserves of coal for feeding the people of the world and building out the next generation of infrastructure including a serious push into space exploration.
Quite simply burning coal in order to create energy is a gross waste of a finite resource when we could be using it as a construction and agricultural resource instead. Carbon fibre is one of the strongest construction materials that we have available to us. Arid nations such as Australia could make significant agricultural growth targets by using coal as a fertiliser.
By using Coal for the production of Carbon steel and fertiliser it is plainly obvious that we are literally wasting one of our most important resources by continuing to burn it as an energy source. The Coal industry would do well to remind everyone of the other things that coal can be and should be used for instead of just grossly polluting energy production.
We have more than enough Sunshine and thorium to enable us to move away from burning coal. Coal does not have to be consigned to the dustbin either. It can be used as a raw material for construction and agriculture instead. In a world where we need more fertile and arable land burning coal instead of using it for agriculture is just plain stupidity.
We envision a future where CSP and thorium are used to provide the sustainable energy to allow us to grow the food and construct the materials that we need to enable the global population to flourish.