By Anony Mole.
• What does the third world lack that nearly free energy would provide?
• What challenges would they face initially and years down the road?
• What are some of the systemic changes that would occur if NFE were widely available?
Abundant fresh and pure water, enjoyed by all first world nations is first on all humanitarian’s lists for third world countries. Greatly improved hygiene would be a top priority. Direct health benefits and the elimination of waterborne diseases another. Agricultural a natural third.
Power for refrigeration, lighting, heating, cooling, welding, construction, transportation, information. All of these we take for granted that are rare and dear to the 2 billion impoverished.
Food would still be a problem I fear – land for food would be hoarded, lorded over. Despots and vigilantes would still rule such places. These power freaks would be the first challenge to dispersion of NFE in such places as Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc. The actual distribution of LENR units would be throttled through such magistrates and bandits. Until power units became as cheap and ubiquitous as plastic bottles, they would be a controlled commodity.
It is well known that as standard of living rises, natality, or birth rate, drops. In fact, fertility drops so low in countries like Japan and northern Europe, that worker shortages are predicted in the coming decades. Countries like China, India, and Bangladesh, along with their third world countries, need only have their standards of living lifted so far by NFE that the Earth’s population explosion ceases and retreats.
Imagine if those 2 billion impoverished all had education, health wealth and prosperity, think of the invention and and progress they themselves could make – all on their own! Humanity is missing out on their contribution because we have not figured out how to lift them out of poverty yet.
But also imagine the environmental impact an extra 2 billion middle class people would have on the planet. Energy might not be a problem but everything resource based will surely be.
We’ll definitely need Mars’, the Moon’s and other resources in the coming centuries if nothing more than to house, entertain and bedeck 10 billion people in bluejeans, iEyes, Coke, personal hovercrafts and pocket Crays.