Energy Secretary Rick Perry [reported that] government regulations and policies . . . improperly favor renewable energy over traditional fuels like coal and nuclear.
Wow, Kirk. And how long have you and the thorium group been harping on this? I hope Flibe Energy gets what it needs to SHOW and demonstrate what had been known since 1970. Using the plutonium LFTR-49 to breed U-233 from thorium for the pure LFTR-23 thorium burner urgently needs that U-233 be declared NOT source material, as would be prudent for the U.S. economy. That would take some courage and leadership. Maybe Secretary Rick is up for it? Or are Texans chickens? I could write a very short story on cowardice. And the LNT appears to be wrong—seems. The doctors need to fix that? LFTR-23 has the potential to be medical isotope factory. But DOE policies and regulations and U.S. nuclear laws stand in the way of a superior technology? Plus REEs production is utterly arrested allowing China to dominate in such strategic materials markets.
I found the latest on Jim Kennedy by Victoria Bruce:
Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America's Technological Soul, and One Man's Fight to Bring It Home
The story of one citizen's fight to preserve a US stake in the future of clean energy and the elements essential to high tech industries and national defense.
American technological prowess used to be unrivaled. But because of globalization, and with the blessing of the U.S. government, once proprietary materials, components and technologies are increasingly commercialized outside the U.S. Nowhere is this more dangerous than in China's monopoly of rare earth elements-materials that are essential for for nearly all modern consumer goods, gadgets and weapons systems.
Jim Kennedy is a retired securities portfolio manager who bought a bankrupt mining operation. The mine was rich in rare earth elements, but he soon discovered that China owned the entire global supply and manufacturing chain. Worse, no one in the federal government cared. Dismayed by this discovery, Jim made a plan to restore America's rare earth industry. His plan also allowed technology companies to manufacture rare earth dependent technologies in the United States again and develop safe, clean nuclear energy. For years, Jim lobbied Congress, the Pentagon, the White House Office of Science and Technology, and traveled the globe to gain support. Exhausted, down hundreds of thousands of dollars, and with his wife at her wits' end, at the start of 2017, Jim sat on the edge of victory, held his breath and bet it all that his government would finally do the right thing.
Like Beth Macy's Factory Man, this is the story of one man's efforts to stem the dehumanizing tide of globalization and Washington's reckless inaction. Jim's is a fight we need to join.
Sidebar, thinking in terms of hot molten salt solvent systems—brand new ("just for you")—and viewing the latest on ITER, 500 MWth by 2030? after 20 billion and CERN support or partnership?—twenty billion. Wow. That machine is a monster. I'll bet a LFTR-49/23 NPP would have been less?—or comparable allowing for first-mover costs?