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Lustre of gold not worth the cost

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If we have trouble weaning ourselves off coal, which still has significant value as a source of energy, what chance do we have of weaning ourselves off gold, which has at best, a significant but purely artificial value?

The world has had the technical knowledge to replace most of our reliance on coal as an energy source for more than seventy years. If nuclear technology had not been used to develop the most destructive weapons of war our reliance on fossil fuels could have been replaced long ago. Sadly that marvellous invention is forever tainted with the worst of mankind's stupidity and has become almost untouchable for anything else.

However we also have wind, solar and wave energy technologies which have yet to be fully developed. Some development has occurred in recent times in spite of mining companies and traditional mining communities slowing the process. For them the change will come at a cost they are understandably reluctant to meet. Although though the combustion of coal has been identified as one of the major causes of climate change they are still prepared to rip open great swathes of countryside and dig deep and dangerous tunnels under mountains when safer, cleaner energy sources could be made available.........

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