My hope is that we can turn the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power in Japan into a conversation to face our long-term energy problems that we have been avoiding for decades.
First of all, this earthquake and tsunami is a tragedy and we all hope and pray those impacted.
To compound the catastrophe is the mushroom cloud of fear generated by the 24 hour profit-based news industry on the dangers of nuclear energy. And while this fear based reporting makes for good ratings, it offers no solutions.
But science has presented the concept of liquid-fluoride thorium reactors (LFTR) as a safe, cost-effective, and green energy alternative. So why aren’t we pursuing it, or at least talking about it?
Without going into a dissertation on sub-atomic physics, here’s video describing the benefits of LFTR energy.
Nuclear reactors that run on thorium offer superior advantages in safety, proliferation, waste, and cost.
-There is enough thorium in the US to power our economy for the next 1,000 years
-Its waste lasts only 300 years compared to 10,000 years for traditional plants
-Thorium plants are 50% cheaper than traditional plants
LFTR seems to have the best advantages when it comes to replacing fossil fuels, and improving the environment by offering safe, clean, efficient, cheap, and reliable power.
So once again I ask; why are we not aggressively pursuing this technology.
Here’s a thought…
Much like the drug dealer does not want to help the junkie overcome his addiction, those in power who control power and energy do not want to find a competing technology. Then they lose control over an energy-addicted world.
Okay, this may hedge close to a paranoid conspiracy theorist. But I am struggling to understand why we are not at considering this energy solution instead of fueling a fallout of fear.
Shouldn’t the USA be leading the world in discussions on liquid-fluoride thorium reactors and other green energy options?
Rob_Morse – Thorium Reactors with out Formulas: