The Great Debate©: ‘Safe’ Nuclear Power from Thorium?
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January 9, 2013 - 4:33am
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, telegraph.co.uk and Steven Hansen
Thorium is touted by many as the future energy source for the world. Thorium would be used in place of uranium and plutonium in nuclear reactors:
it is abundant on Earth,
it has good efficiency,
unlike uranium and plutonium is not easily weaponized,
and produces much less waste.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in a recent post at The Telegraph penned:
Princeling Jiang Mianheng, son of former leader Jiang Zemin, is spearheading a project for China's National Academy of Sciences with a start-up budget of $350m.
The aim is to break free of the archaic pressurized-water reactors fueled by uranium -- originally designed for US submarines in the 1950s -- opting instead for new generation of thorium reactors that produce far less toxic waste and cannot blow their top like Fukushima.
He has already recruited 140 PhD...
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