The Molten Salt Reactor Race: Will America Join the Race?

  Commentary by Jon Morrow- The South China Post reported on March 18th that the Chinese government has greatly accelerated its plans to produce a commercialized LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor), which is a type of MSR Molten Salt Reactor. The previous goal set for the development of this reactor was within 25 years and that goal has now been reduced to just 10 years. In the past, the development of a LFTR by China was due to a massive energy shortage in China. China's energy shortage is the result of millions of Chinese living in the third world ...

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95 (at least) Killed for Gasoline in Nigeria

More poor, desperate people died today trying to get gasoline from an overturned tanker than in the history of nuclear power. At Least 95 Killed in Nigeria Tanker Truck Fire A truck carrying fuel veered off the road into a ditch, caught fire and exploded in Nigeria's oil-rich delta on Thursday, killing at least 95 people who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel that had spilled, an official said, in a tragic reminder of how little of the country's oil wealth has trickled down to the poor. Shall we ban the use of gasoline?

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Green Energy at Fortune Brainstorm

After the luncheon panel on “Green Technology: What’s Now & What’s Next” at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, in Aspen, I confronted Amory Lovins and asked him a simple question: “Is there any potential technological innovation that would cause you to reconsider your views on nuclear power?” Lovins is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute and his anti-nuclear stance is well-known, as exemplified by this article entitled “Forget Nuclear.” Lovins claim is that nuclear is both unsafe and uneconomical as compared to new wind and solar capacity. ...

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Why we need a Small Rugged Reactor…

This is why: Militants in Pakistan attacked a fuel supply convoy yesterday, killing at least four, that was bound for US military facilities inside Afghanistan. Twelve tankers were set ablaze and crews struggled throughout the night to put out the fire. What does this have to do with thorium or LFTR? A small rugged LFTR could provide electrical energy to these bases in Afghanistan that currently rely on shipments of vulnerable petroleum. Furthermore, the high-temperature capabilities of LFTR mean that we could also synthesize hydrocarbons to fuel vehicles on site, ...

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Another Fossil-Fuel Tragedy, 11 missing

11 workers are still missing and presumed dead after an explosion and fire on an oil-drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Once again, we see that fossil fuels kill. Regularly. So far in this still-new year we've had an explosion on February 7 at a natural gas plant killing six, a refinery explosion on April 2 killing five workers, a terrible coal mine explosion on April 5 killing 29 miners, and now an oil rig explosion on April 20 likely killing 11. So coal, oil, and gas have killed 51 people, or nearly a person every other day. Is this acceptable in our modern ...

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