Frank Parker, Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, traveled to the Vatican late in 2009 to discuss the role of science in furthering world peace.
Parker, an internationally recognized expert in remediation of radioactively contaminated soil and water and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, spoke at an exclusive meeting at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. In his talk, he discussed the benefits of expanding commercial nuclear power by extracting uranium from oceans.
“One of the ways we can improve the chances for peace is by providing almost limitless energy,” Parker said, noting that control of resources such as water and oil is widely recognized as a major cause of war. “There are an estimated 4.5 billion tons of uranium dissolved in the world’s oceans that could be extracted to provide a virtually inexhaustible supply of fuel for nuclear reactors.”
The conference was jointly sponsored by the academy, Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, and World Federation of Scientists.