While the events in Japan may give the anti-nuclear power fanatics an argument to use against future nuclear power, the fact is all the world’s nuclear power plants are based on very old technology. There are new innovations that solves a lot of the problems nuclear power may have (which have proven to be very few after all this time, it takes catastrophes for the plants to be a problem for the environment).

Thorium may be the answer nuclear power has needed all this time. Thorium based reactors are much smaller, are even portable. Do not have the problems that water based reactors have. And thorium as a fuel is more plentiful than uranium. We have enough in storage already to power the country for decades.

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  1. Hold it now…!

    Before we get too excited about this, there has to be a catch.

    There were experiments done with Thorium reactors in the US in the 1960s. For whatever reasons, they got abandoned like a number of other things at that time did.

    (Not saying abandoning a NUCLEAR-POWERED bomber was such a bad thing but other developments like nuclear rockets were also stopped back then, too. Nuke rockets are the only way human beings will be able to get to the outer planets at practical speeds BEFORE their kids graduate college! ==> otherwise, we’re stuck on Earth or in much more dangerous missions where people are exposed to greater radiation hazards and amounts as well as the higher probability of serious mechanical failures hundreds of millions of miles away from home with no service station in sight!)

    Online articles are saying there’s 1,000 years worth of Thorium deposits in the US alone unless Chairman Mao-Bama decides to sell those resources to our “friends” the Russians and Chinese, too. However, it seems like it still takes a uranium reaction to get a Thorium reactor started so that part of the “old tech” won’t be going away any time soon.

      • I agree. It’s worth looking into.

        I think nuclear is a hell of a good option, and I also think that some people are clouding what’s been going on recently in the news as a reason to never use it, as opposed the wisdom of not upgrading facilities when one is so close to an active faultline.

        Totally unrelated, but, if you want to see an interesting site, just outside of Arco, Idaho, is the country’s EBR-1 reactor (self-guided tour) – really fascinating stuff!

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