If you’re not familiar with the types of civilizations ranging from zero to three, I suggest you familiarize yourself with it, but for those unwilling to google I’ll give a brief synopsis:
Type 0: Uses dead plant/animal matter for energy. Right now we are a type 0 civilization.
Type 1: Uses all planetary resources for energy. We’re coming close with the fusion projects.
Type 2: Uses its closest star as its main energy resource. We’re still quite a way off from reaching this point.
Type 3: Uses galactic resources for energy.
So with this in mind, you can see that the Republicans and the Bush administration are keeping us mired in a type zero civilization. Even though we could make choices that push us towards type one, we won’t because short term profit trumps long term growth.
But there is a glimmer of hope. ITER is about to be built and the Chinese are building their own fusion reactor. Not only does fusion produce more energy, its waste product is several orders of magnitude less dangerous. In essence it produces heavy water.
But I’ve had discussion with a few people from ITER. THe United States could have financed the entire effort. Instead we believe that the end of the sword is a mightier form of diplomacy.
So if you wonder why the 2006 elections are so important keep this in mind. The Republicans are people who’d keep us type zero, probably even type negative one if they could. Sticks and stones.
See that, I can turn the physical into the political.