So why are we as a county getting ~20% of our energy from a 60+ year old nuclear power plant design that is known to have a number of safety issues, instead of basing it on a known safer nuclear technology? Highlights from the talk: no uranium, no plutonium, no ultra high pressure vessels, no need for large amounts of water, worst case scenario the design of the reactor causes itself to go into shut-down (not melt-down), and we already have a massive supply of the fuel? Also, the waste, 83% is inert in 10 years (not 10s of thousands) and 17% is inert in 300 years. 10 minute video from a NASA engineer.

Posted by MikeS, filed under Uncategorized. Date: May 3, 2012, 9:56 pm | Comments Off on Using thorium for nuclear fuel seems like a good idea

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