Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Slaves verses Nukes

The amount of power a person is capable of producing can be easily calculated. Assume a 2000 Calorie diet, convert to Joules then divide by the number of seconds in a day:

[(2000 Calories)*(1000 calories/Calorie)*(4.19Joules/calorie)]/[(24 hours/day)*(60 minutes/hour)*(60 seconds/minute)]= 96W

So round up to 100W to make the math easy.

Now there were about four million slaves in America at the time of the Civil War. A reasonable approximation of the most work those slaves could do is four million times 100W or 4 x 10^8W or 400MW

The San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant that Southern California Edison owns is capable of generating 2150MW(2 reactors). So this Single power plant does more than five times the work all the slaves in the south did! Since slaves can't work nearly the hours of nuclear reactors, many of those slaves were too old or young to work, and are notoriously lazy the gap is actually much bigger. No wonder just about the only slaves remaining are sex slaves, it is a whole not cheaper to build a nuclear power plant than feed and house twenty million slaves. Sex is about the only thing a slave can provide for less cost.

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