The U.S. Department of Energy says Americans aren’t accepting climate change as truth, and that puts us behind the 8-ball. But, a University of Alumnus says science continues to advance.
William Brinkman is the director of the Office of Science for the Department of Energy — he earned his bachelor’s at M.U. in 1960 and a Ph.D. in physics in ’65. Brinkman visited the university physics department to present an overview of man-made climate changes, along with a summary of the major sources and uses of energy in the U.S.
He says Americans resist the need for reducing carbon emissions, despite clear scientific evidence that global warming is a reality. Brinkman says the U.S. is unique in that we are also the only country that politicizes the issue.
Brinkman says in an unpoliticized effort, America is working with the E.U., China, Russia, South Korea, India and Japan on a huge renewable project in France. It involves a plasma reactor and is the first of its kind. France has long been a leader in nuclear technology.
He says trapping carbon can already be done, but the cost is prohibitive to common-sense implementation. Therefore, he says, the Department of Energy continues its research.
Brinkman presented evidence of climate change, alternatives being explored and a timeline of when something must happen to prevent irreversible damage to the earth.
All science aside, Brinkman sums it up thusly: “I think the issue is what are we doing for our children and our next generation” — Are we going to do the things that make sure they have a better place to live? It’s a very important concept to consider. We want our kids to have and live the life we’ve been living, which is very nice.”
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