"Nuclear power entrepreneurs push thorium as a fuel" ... in new kind of reactor called an "LFTR" ... from the Washington Post

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This article about liquid-fluoride thorium reactors (LFTR) in the Washington Post by Eric Niller makes some good points about converting existing U.S. reactors to thorium fuel, and also about building new reactors that use thorium. There is less waste, thorium is more abundant, and is more difficult to use in nuclear weapons. This is a new concept to me, but I like it so far.

"Nuclear power entrepreneurs push thorium as a fuel"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nuclear-power-entr...

(an earlier post on the message boards dealt with thorium ... http://www.thomhartmann.com/users/timtrott/blog/2011/04/counter-mat-roth... )

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When they can invest privately without government subsidies or 'insurance,' and if they really have a solution to waste so the taxpayers will not be stuck with it, nor will the earth be rented for it, I might begin to give nuclear a place in the picture.

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Thanks for posting. It's good to see some attention to Thorium here. Unfortunately the WaPo article got some things wrong, such as their claim that there is no stockpile of thorium in the USA. That is just flat out wrong. We have TONS of it buried in 40ft containers under the desert out west somewhere. Still, on the whole, they did a decent job of presenting both sides... even though in reality the argument is a bit lopsided. ;-)

One thing the WaPo article didn't mention is how the current system works. The big companies (like GE) that sell these plants have a "razor blades" business model... sell the reactor cheap, so you can lock-in the client for 40 years of fuel rod supplies. These companies don't make their money off reactors, they make their money off the FUEL rods, which are difficult and expensive to make. You wanna know why this new LFTR technology hasn't been tried yet? Because it would put these "big boyz" out of business, that's why.

The only way we're going to succeed is through grassroots action. So please keep learning and spreading the good word.

Cheers.

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