A couple of weeks ago I wrote a letter to the editor to introduce the readers to a new source of energy that is not discussed, pro or con, in the U.S. energy policies by either presidential candidate or even state and local politicians. Thorium Energy presents an enormous possibility to produce scalable, affordable, safe, clean and sustainable energy. It is a fact that there is more energy available in thorium than all coal, gas, oil and uranium on Earth combined. Thorium is the future energy source and what is the U.S. government doing about it? I couldn’t find a valid reason.
What I did find were lots of reasons not to continue with uranium-based light water nuclear reactors which produces tons of radioactive waste. These third generation reactors have been around for 40-plus years and have outlived their designed usage. Unfortunately the government has extended their licenses and that could cause some future risk. Why? Because today’s reactors burn a very small amount of the solid uranium rods and what is left over has to be stored. This waste is currently stored at the Nuclear Power Plant site itself.
However, Sen. Jeff Bingaman has authored a bill in the U.S. Senate to give all the residents of New Mexico a parting gift. He has volunteered New Mexico as the new dumping ground for highly radioactive waste from all the nuclear power plants across the U.S. and also from the military. What surprised me was how much favorability this bill is getting from the local politicians here in southeast New Mexico. In the meantime, people in other states were understandably angry when Nevada’s powerful Sen. Harry Reid persuaded President Obama to terminate the Yucca Mountain project after $12 billion and 30 years have already been spent on site development and mine engineering. Do you really believe two people can change the course and future of Yucca Mountain? The next administration will resume funding and complete the project. So, what are our local politicians thinking?
On Oct. 29, Shanghai, China, will host the Thorium Energy Conference with speakers from China, Japan, India, Russia, Czech Republic and Robert Hargraves from the U.S. (NGO, to discuss how thorium is cheaper than coal) to update the industry on their progress with thorium within their respective countries. Missing from the conference speaker list is the U.S. DOE, Germany, France, England and other old school countries. China is the host this year because they are now the center of Molten Salt Reactors based on thorium development in the world.
What is ironic is that thorium based reactors were first developed in the U.S. back in the 1950s. Our government (military) suppressed any future development of thorium based reactors in favor of uranium based reactors because they could use the generated plutonium for making nuclear bombs. Thorium does not generate plutonium.
With all the exceptionalism that is America, we are going to be left behind in the next generation of nuclear reactors and will probably have to license the technology from China. What does New Mexico want? Our politicians want us to become the dumping ground for all the U.S. nuclear high level radioactive waste. Wow! Watch us shine on 285.
Bible forbids many activities
The Sept. 23 Record had a letter concerning homosexuality. As we often see today, this writer apparently believes that anyone who dares to call perversion sin “speaks only of hate and condemnation.” Does he also believe that about anyone who calls burglary a sin? Someone who disagrees with polygamy and does not want to give it the sanction of law must also be hateful.
There are two wrong attitudes about homosexuality. One is to say that it is not sinful, when the Bible clearly forbids it. The other is to say it is a worse sin than promiscuous heterosexual behavior.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God’s Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral, or who worship idols, or are adulterers, or homosexual perverts, or who steal, or are greedy, or are drunkards, or who slander others, or are thieves — none of these will possess God’s Kingdom. Some of you were like that. But you have been purified from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (All quotes are from Today’s English Version.)
Is there anyone who can say he has never done any of these things? Homosexual behavior, serious though it is, is only one of many sins that can keep us from Heaven. Notice the two sides of this passage. The first is that our sins condemn us; the other is that we can be put right with God. How do we do that? Must we climb a high mountain, swim a wide river? We need only confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins to God, He will keep His promise and do what is right: He will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrong doing.” Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 5, we are told of a church member who was sleeping with his stepmother. The church was told to expel him from their fellowship. This may not meet our present standards of political correctness, but tell the Maker of Heaven and Earth that you find His laws repugnant.
In John 8, we read about the woman caught in adultery. Jesus tells her to sin no more. He did not say that society was wrong in forbidding her sinful behavior. He makes it clear that she is to stop committing adultery.
We are all sinful, but we must not flaunt our sins and pretend God does not mind. A better model is found in Ephesians 4:28, “If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor.”
The writer of the Sept. 23 letter insisted that homosexuality is an inherited trait. The facts do not support that theory. Some scientists have tried desperately to find the homosexual gene without success. Some sets of identical twins have one homosexual and one heterosexual member. Ross Campbell in his book “How to Really Love Your Child” says, “In all my reading and experience, I have never known about one sexually disoriented person who had a warm, loving, and affectionate father.” (Ross Campbell, MD “How to Really Love Your Child” p74)
I can be assured of a place in Heaven, not because of my righteousness, but because I am forgiven.
Hebrews 8:12, “I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs.”
Russell A. Scott