ASFO 2023–01–14

Lützerath is a name the world would have been just as happy not knowing. And the insistence of the German people (the people of the world, really) at being upset when they get exactly what they have asked for in no uncertain terms continues to bother me. Instead of focusing on the primary role that fossil fuels continue to hold in world energy supply, with no real end in sight, I would much rather concentrate on the characteristics which I envision for the early lunar settlement. We need hope for the future, after all.

Political ad demanding the use of "Clean Coal" instead of nuclear energy in the German state of Nordrhein Westfälen, and condemning the advanced power reactor prototypes SNR-300 and THTR-300. Circa 1980.
German political ad circa 1980 (mentioned in the show) demanding the use of “ecological coal technologies” instead of atomic energy.
Australian political ad warning that "Nuclear Power Will Kill the Coal Industry" and demanding the use of "Clean Coal" to tackle climate change. Dated 2007-11-19.
Australian political ad from 2007 demanding the use of “clean coal”, not atomic energy, to “tackle” climate change.

Supplementary Shows

  • 2023–01–17 More from Man and the Moon : The Circular Maria by Ralph Baldwin, a description of the formation of Mare Imbrium which rewards dramatic reading ; and Observations of a Volcanic Process on the Moon by Nikolai Kozyrev, with a prefatory note longer than the article itself, and my own interpretation of the evidence.
  • 2023–01–20 Again from Man and the Moon : two pieces entitled The Other Side of the Moon, one from H Percy Wilkins writing in 1953, and one from Soviet News reporting on the photographs taken by the Luna 3 spacecraft.