The Large Hadron Collider just got renamed. Now it is called the Black Mesa. In case you didn’t know, Black Mesa is the setting of the game Half Life, which is basically a shooter taking place in a laboratory whose experiments went horribly wrong (horribly is an understatement). It is somewhat ironic, since people think this experiment will end the world, and a part of it has malfunctioned. Anyways, isn’t this cool? Video game culture is intermingling with culture in science. ^_^
As you can see from all of the posts in this blog, I deem science very high in importance, especially because it runs so many parts of our lives. I can see some of your faces: “What, I hate science, what do you mean it is running my life?” Well, without scientific progress, the comfort you are experiencing right now at home wouldn’t be there, and the future of our Earth depends on how much we can do good science to protect it.
So, there are two candidates, Obama and McCain. I already made a post about Obama’s answers, so it is McCain’s turn. He finally answered the questions, and here is the post. He says many of the same things that Obama did, except they are less detailed and filled with just a bit mumbo jumbo non sequiturs. While I agree with some of his stuff, I can’t help but think he is just filling in empty promises. I mean, his records on the environment is not that great, he talks about off shore drilling and stuff, and something about bringing corporations to these issues. But I am happy to know he supports the space program.
Anyways, here is his stance on the all important issue of energy:
Over time, I believe that we must reform our entire energy economy toward a sustainable mix of new and cleaner power sources that meet the multiple shared objective of promoting environmental, economic and national security. One of the prevailing issues of our time and the next presidency will be how to deal with the issues of energy security and sustainability. It is important that we shift to sustainable, clean burning energy sources or advance to technologies that make our more traditional resources cleaner burning.
As President, I will put the country on track to building 45 new reactors by 2030 so that we can meet our growing energy demand and reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. Nuclear power is a proven, domestic, zero-emission source of energy and it is time to recommit to advancing our use of nuclear energy. The U.S. has not started construction on a new nuclear power plant in over 30 years. Currently, nuclear power provides 20 percent of our overall energy portfolio. Other countries such as China, India and Russia are looking to increase the role of nuclear power in their energy portfolio and the U.S. should not just look to maintain, but increase its own use.
In the progress of other alternative energy sources — such as wind, solar, geothermal, tide, and hydroelectric –government must be an ally but not an arbiter. In less than a generation, wind power alone could account for a fifth or more of all our electricity. And just in recent memory, solar energy has gone from a novelty to a fast-growing industry. I’ve voted against the current patchwork of tax credits for renewable power because they were temporary, and often the result of who had the best lobbyist instead of who had the best ideas. But the objective itself was right and urgent. And when I’m signing laws, instead of casting one of a hundred votes, I intend to see that objective better served. We will reform this effort so that it is fair, rational, and permanent, letting the market decide which ideas can move us toward clean and renewable energy.
I will also commit the federal government to a prosperous clean technology agenda and to becoming the world leader in green technologies. Americans have always been the world’s leaders in innovation, and it’s time for our economy to adapt and take an active role in the new green international economy.
These investments by government into basic research along with aggressive and realistic targets for greenhouse gas emissions will be critical in spurring revolutionary innovations in energy that will, over the long term, reduce energy costs and increase economic growth.
I don’t like the part where he says some of the renewable resources are “just temporary.” So, yeah, make your own choice, but personally, I go with Obama. Oh, and here is a nice website where you can check on the politicians.