It is a well known fact that the United States has a lot of problems –some big, some not-so-big. That Used to be Us does a thorough job of pointing out all of our flaws which have developed since around the 60s. However disappointing and depressing this book may be, the first step in solving a problem is recognizing it, and then a solution can be prescribed. Fortunately, Friedman and Mandelbaum provide those solutions. Unfortunately, I’ll share my view, not theirs.
First, the problem: Energy. We use a lot. The issue lays in from where this energy comes and what it is.
Petroleum, coal, and natural gas are the bad guys (and, conveniently, the most used). Petroleum and coal aren’t clean burning, and natural gas is extracted using hydraulic fracturing, which isn’t so good. Now we all know that nuclear energy has a bad rep, but there’s a solution –research. Right now, nuclear reactors are working off of fission, rather than fusion. Nuclear fusion is practically a million times safer, duh.
Now, the solution: There is research being performed which should make fusion possible soon, but for now, we need to invest. RESEARCH is our future, and we should invest in our FUTURE not our PAST. In case you’re wondering, nuclear power is a more viable solution than most other renewable energy resources because of its ability to produce so much output with such little input. Why neglect one of the most powerful forces known to man just because we don’t understand it?
Want another source? Top 10 renewable resources and nuclear made No. 1.