Tom Blees

Tom Blees is the author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises. Tom is also the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives. Many of the goals of SCGI, and the methods to achieve them, are elucidated in the pages of Blees's book. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. His work has generated considerable interest among scientists and political figures around the world. Tom has been a consultant and advisor on energy technologies on the local, state, national, and international levels.

Famed climate change scientist, Dr. James Hansen shares his viewpoint on nuclear energy

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A stunning interview of Dr. James Hansen by David Letterman in late 2009. Dr. Hansen is one of the foremost American climate scientists and head of NASA's Goddard Institute for 40 years.

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by James Conca (at Forbes)

Hurricane Florence, a potentially devastating Category 2 hurricane is on track to make landfall in the Carolinas sometime within 24 hours after this morning, Thursday, September 13. With winds up to 130 miles per hour, Florence could be the most powerful storm to hit so far north in the United States - ever.

hurricaneFlorenceNASA-NOAA satellite image of the Atlantic Ocean captured on September 11, 2018 at 11:45 AM EDT showing Hurricane Florence approaching the east coast with Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene fast on her heels.NASA/NOAAUnfortunately, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Hurricane Helene are fast on her heels (see figure). Isaac is expected to upgrade to a hurricane before landfall.

Along with most everyone else, nuclear power plants in North and South Carolina, as well as Virginia, have been preparing for the natural onslaught.

Hurricane Florence will most likely hit two nuclear power plants operated by Duke Energy - their 1,870 megawatt (MW) Brunswick and 932MW Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina. If Florence turns north, it could also hit Dominion Energy's 1,676MW Surry plant in Virginia. Brunswick is expected to get a direct hit.

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is watching carefully. But no one is really worried that much will happen, contrary to lots of antinuclear fearmongering. Power outages will occur as lines and transformers are destroyed and non-nuclear buildings get damaged, and it might takes a few days to a few weeks to bring power back up, something that includes all energy sources.

 

In light of today’s quarter-century anniversary of the accident, this is a fascinating nine minute video by the French consortium Novarka showing how the “new safe confinement” will entomb Chernobyl Unit 4 so it can “accommodate future dismantling of the object shelter.”

YouTube interview with Tom Blees on the Integral Fast Reactor. Learn about this new technology that is new and different from the nuclear energy we are used to.

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"This is the most important book that has ever been written on sustainable development... You MUST read it! It is not A revolution, it is THE revolution, THE way to go."

  - Bruno Comby Ph.D, Founder and President of Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy

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Worldwide environmental and social problems require a bold vision for the future that includes feasible planet-wide solutions with all the details. Prescription for the Planet explains how a trio of little-known yet profoundly revolutionary technologies, coupled with their judicious use in an atmosphere of global cooperation, can be the springboard that carries humanity to an era beyond scarcity. And with competition for previously scarce resources no longer an issue, the main incentives for warfare will be eliminated. Explaining not only the means to solve our most pressing problems but how those solutions can painlessly lead to improving the standard of living of everyone on the planet, the lucid and provocatively written Prescription for the Planet is a "must read".

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Pandora's Promise is a 2013 documentary film about the nuclear power debate, directed by Robert Stone. Its central argument is that nuclear power, which still faces historical opposition from environmentalists, is a relatively safe and clean energy source which can help mitigate the serious problem of anthropogenic global warming.

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Are nuclear power plants bad when they are running normally?

No, not at all. A worker at coal plant has 6 times greater radiation exposure due to the natural uranium and thorium in the coal that are dispersed over small distance when coal is burned in the plant.

Nuclear plants have zero emissions while coal plants create a wasteland around them.

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The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR, Generation 4 Reactor or Fast Neutron Reactor) was developed at Argonne National Laboratories in the United States. The project was canceled by the U.S. government in 1994 for purely political reasons, just as it was preparing its last demonstration after a decade of spectacularly successful development.

  • The IFR recycles spent fuel from current nuclear reactors. Over 99% of the energy is left in the spent fuel and will provide all the energy the world needs for many centuries.
  • The IFR is "walk away safe" and can't melt down.
  • The IFR will convert weapons-grade material from dismantled arsenals into clean electrical energy.
  • Many members of this website are the world's leading experts on IFR technology.
  • The IFR, as envisioned here, is the cheapest form of renewable energy.
  • Leave your preconceptions behind and give the IFR a good look, no matter what you may think about nuclear power, You will be amazed at what you find.


Virtually everything we do takes energy, even sitting around thinking. Human development requires massive amounts of energy, which in the past century or so has been derived mostly from fossil fuels: oil, gas, and coal. The combination of human development that relies on these highly polluting resources and the tremendous increases in human population has brought us to a state of nearly perpetual crisis. Several wars have been fought for control of energy resources, and more are almost inevitable unless we find alternatives. Meanwhile, air pollution circles the globe, having long ago gone beyond national borders to become a worldwide plague, with hundreds of thousands of people dying every year from air pollution. In the last couple decades, international bodies of climate scientists have concluded that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are warming our planet to such an extent that detrimental and even catastrophic results can be expected if we don't get the situation under control.

There are many types of technologies that can produce energy without emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases, but unfortunately many of them are extremely diffuse and/or sporadic. An overview of the various technologies being promoted today as remedies for our energy crisis can be found in Prescription for the Planet. In the coming months many of the scientists of SCGI will contribute their writings on this website to elucidate both the promise and the limitations of each energy system. These limitations are generally inherent in the system with no conceivable way to eliminate them. For instance, on even the brightest days, in the best locations at the equator, the amount of solar energy hitting each square meter of land is limited. Collecting this energy with solar thermal or photovoltaic systems in quantities capable of making a large contribution to human energy needs is a prodigious and expensive undertaking. Wind power, even more fickle than solar, suffers from the same type of limitations. And virtually any chemical process to produce energy through combustion is limited by the often substantial but nevertheless modest potential of chemical reactions.

The glaring exception to these troublesome constraints is the incredible energy density of fission. The splitting of the atom produces enormous amounts of energy from tiny amounts of uranium fuel, as evidenced by hundreds of nuclear reactors in use around the world today. Yet a typical light water reactor utilizes only about six-tenths of one percent of the energy contained in uranium. The rest is tossed away as "nuclear waste," a troublesome commodity that will remain radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years and which has produced a political headache for governments around the world. This wastefulness has been compared to putting a log on a fire, burning off the bark, and throwing away the log.

There is, however, a solution to this problem. And this solution—the Integral Fast Reactor, or IFR—can be the solution to virtually all of the problems humanity faces today that are in any way connected to energy. Instead of recovering less than 0.6% of the energy in uranium, IFRs can utilize 100% of it, making them about 160 times more efficient than conventional reactors. They leave behind no long-lived waste products, and the small amount that is left can be easily and safely disposed of. Not only that, but IFRs can consume all the spent fuel from today's nuclear reactors, along with all the weapons-grade material from dismantled arsenals and even the enormous amounts of depleted uranium that have been accumulating around the world during the nuclear age. We have so much potential fuel already mined, in fact, that if humanity's entire energy needs were to be met solely with IFRs, we still wouldn't have to mine or enrich any uranium for nearly a thousand years.

Many of the members of SCGI are scientists who are the world's leading experts on IFR technology. In the months to come they will be contributing their knowledge and insight to explain both the technology and its tremendous potential to solve our climate and energy problems. For now, though, a good overview of IFR technology can be obtained by clicking this link, which will take you to the chapter that introduces IFR technology in Prescription for the Planet. Other links on this site will direct you to more information on IFRs, including some fascinating discussions among the advocates of various energy systems.

Integral Fast Reactors can be the game-changing technology that can lead us out of many of the crises humanity faces. It is so far beyond the current generation of nuclear power systems that to compare one with the other would be like comparing a Model T to a Lexus. Leave your preconceptions behind and give the IFR a good look, no matter what you may think about nuclear power. You will be amazed at what you find.

*** You can read the main chapter on IFR technology from Prescription for the Planet online here. ***

For an excellent brief overview, check out George Stanford's article here.

Tom Blees, the president of SCGI, does an outstanding job of connecting with audiences, and delivers compelling and thought-provoking presentations. He combines his expertise, his understanding of how people learn about the world's energy problems, and his visionary solutions that can lead to a world of peace and prosperity.

Tom is a motivational speaker for the future of our planet. His optimistic yet realistic vision of our future stands in sharp contrast to the doomsayers who all too often maintain that our survival necessitates depriving ourselves or others of the standard of living we enjoy today.  Whether you are having a business conference, association meeting, sustainable energy conference, media interview or other event, you want to present something your attendees will hear, absorb and then take away as motivational and actionable knowledge, which will ultimately determine the success of your event. Tom will work with you to provide a memorable experience tailored to your audience.

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  • Integral Fast Reactors (using "nuclear waste" for fuel)
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