First and foremost, I never said everyone would have their own fusion generator. That is a ludicrous concept at this point in time. We're talking
about multi-million dollar facilities that put out 2 gigawatts of power- the average person neither could have one nor would want one. I suggest using
a series of large plants to serve major industrial electrical needs such as purifying water, powering our homes through the grid and generating
hydrogen that can be used in smaller applications.
My opponent has repeatedly suggested that he has not been properly understood. This is perhaps because being inarticulate would be slightly less
damaging to his case than acknowledging that his science just isn't sound. (He's also not very good at Sim City, which he apparently things has
something to do with either science or government- it doesn't).
The science behind his "hover cars" is sloppy and inefficient. People won't want hover cars when they find out that the freeway can be demagnitized
by a hot day, when they find out that their favorite small businesses are going out of business because they can't afford a multi-million dollar
magnetic parking lot, when they realize that it wastes several times more energy than traditional vehicles, or when they find out that these cars will
handle like a boat running across its own wake because of the constantly shifting upward repulsion/downward attraction on the front and back of the
Natural Gas is history. My opponent claims I don't know what it is, yet never showed any understanding himself. The ironic thing? Natural gas is
hydrogen essentially. The operative chemical element in that compound, in respect to combustion, is hydrogen- the fuel I suggest using.
In Natural gas, 4 hydrogens are bonded to one carbon. Heat energy from the device being used must be wasted to break that bond before the exothermic
bonding of hydrogen and oxygen can take place- it's inefficient, and it generates CO2 as a byproduct. It also happens to be a non-renewable resource,
as acknowledged by The Natural Gas Supply Association
. The suppliers themselves admit that
its not renewable, and my opponent is suggesting that there are local renewable sources all over the place to just tap into. I'd love to see some
evidence that we have the ability to capture enough cow farts to power our industrial infrastructure in perpetuity, but I don't see it happening.
On the other hand, we can all see the vast reserve of hydrogen sitting in our oceans, which can be broken down ahead of time using fusion generated
power creating only oxygen as a byproduct, then shipped at a higher energy density and thus more efficiently for use as a portable fuel just like
natural gas, however it will be more efficient and it need not be limited only to combustion technology.
So much for my opponent's views on transportation.
Then my opponent seems to think that the food problem on our planet is one of needing to eat less french fries. Is it that simple? Can we solve our
food concerns by telling the 850 million people who the WHO found to be malnourished from 1999 to 2005 that they need to cut back on fast food? All
this time I thought that drought and supply interruptions caused by civil unrest were causing much of the famine in the world, but apparently people
are starving to death because they eat too many big macs. Thanks for clearing that up.
Water and energy are the keys to food supply. 70% of our water use is spent on irrigation. Only 2.7% of Earth's water is fresh, and 2/3s of that is
in glaciers (link
). Surprise surprise then when it turns out that aquifers in
many places are becoming dangerously depleted. The eventual result? Famine. It takes about 100,000 liters of water (among other things) to raise a
kilogram of beef. The energy efficiency of burning fossil fuels in the process of raising and processing beef is 54:1 input to output.
We can manage the land and the fertilizer at least in the near term (although we will have to begin providing incentives for efficiency, because
vegitables fish and chicken are both healthier and significantly more efficient than beef and pork, which is the key to the more distant future) but
right now we a source of water and a source of energy that can match any demand. That's fusion and desalination, no doubt about it.
Health and sanitation follow just as naturally. 3 of the top 5 killers in the world are cardiac or vascular in nature- reduced by better nutrition.
Another is respritory- potentially improved by clean energy. AIDS is the only of the 5 leading causes of mortality listed by the WHO which won't be
helped just by following my earlier proposals.
With a little planning and efficiency, it all comes together beautifully.