posted on Sep, 22 2019 @ 05:05 AM
a reply to: one4all
Do you think prejudices, hatreds, religious zealots, and wars will just end because of cheap abundant energy?
What do you think a jihadist could do with a space ship? It wouldn't take much to send several asteroids careening towards the Earth or if they had
the ability to manufacture tungsten rods the size of a telephone pole they could strike targets on Earth with the force of nuclear weapons.
I honestly think there are people/groups holding us back from colonizing space because, to be honest, it would only be a matter of time till someone
cracked and committed a terrorist act the likes that none had ever seen. I dream of the day humanity becomes a space-faring race, but even I recognize
that there will need to be a single authority and a military force capable of defending the planet from ourselves before letting private ventures go
about. Even if we had fusion energy we simply do not have the technology to safeguard ourselves from ourselves. Not yet. We would probably need
something close to an AI that could track such dangers.
As far as fusion which isn't free energy but it is very abundant and cheap when it is cracked it would have both positive and negative effects on the
earth's economies. It takes about 10 years to build a reactor so I guess most of the damage could be mitigated by fazing out fossil fuels.