Humanity must face the reality that it cannot depend indefinitely on combustion of coal, gas and oil for most of its energy needs. In the unavoidable process of gradually replacing fossil fuels, many energy technologies may be considered and most will be deployed in specific applications. However, in the long term, we argue that nuclear fission technology is the only developed energy source that is capable of delivering the enormous quantities of energy that will be needed to run modern industrial societies safely, economically, reliably and in a sustainable way, both environmentally and as regards the available resource base. Consequently, nuclear fission has to play a major role in this necessary transformation of the 21st century energy-supply system.
BarryW. Brook Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, University of Tasmania, 7109, Australia
Agustin Alonso Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Daniel A.Meneley Univ. OIT, Ontario, Canada
Jozef Misak UJV-Rež, Prague, Czech Republic
Tom Blees Science Council for Global Initiatives, USA
Jan B. van Erp Consultant, energy technologies, USA
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