Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb.The miniature reactors will be factory-sealed, contain no weapons-grade material, have no moving parts and will be nearly impossible to steal because they will be encased in concrete and buried underground.
If true, this would eliminate the need for huge power plants and transmission lines. It would allow electricity to be available in the darkest reaches of Africa and South America. It would enable people to live practically anywhere.
That’s probably what they won’t like about it. Most of the anti-nukers live in modern First World countries where their lights go on any time of the day and clean water is taken as a given.
But with these power plants there could be electricity anywhere that the government was willing to spend the relatively small price. They could power people’s homes and water treatment or desalination plants. The most common cause of death for children in the Third world is diarrhea and what causes diarrhea? Dirty water. Millions of lives could be saved.
Then the anti-nukers could warn us about overpopulation.