Skip to comments.How Bill Gates Or You Can Spark the Next Industrial and Agricultural Revolution
Posted on 06/29/2012 1:07:11 PM PDT by ckilmer
The most revolutionary innovation needed in the next 10 years is the thorium portable nuclear reactor. Why? Because Bill Gates says repeatedly that the most important thing we need is a non polluting source of energy thats 1/4 the cost of the coal energy. Why? Cheaper energy will lead to the next industrial and agricultural revolution. Everyone from the very poorest to the very richest will benefit. Government coffers will be refilled. Mr Gates believes nuclear energy will do this.
Which nuclear design?
Thorium fits the bill. Especially the liquid fluoride thorium reactor designs. Why?
Besides producing electricity for ¼ the cost of coal - the man who first held the patents for the design of todays most widely used light water reactors-Alvin Weinberg (who headed the Oak Ridge Laboratories during the 1960s to 1970s), tested light water reactors side-by-side against the liquid fluoride thorium reactors and found the LFTRs to be both much safer and much less expensive.
Scientists in the USA and China have said that a prototype can be built for 1 billion dollars in five years. The Pentagon already has a program in place to buy prototypesthereby creating a path across the Valley of Death.
Those granola sucking Green Weenies will make sure this never happens.
Not necessarily. Bill gates says that wind and solar power will never be the main base load generators of electricity. he says rather that nuclear power plants will do that job.
This sensible move will be opposed based on anti nuclear hysteria, not just because of solar or windmills.
I agree that there is a lot of opposition to nuclear. but the obama administration is already moving ahead on uranium reactors.
If the pubbies get in come november, they’ll likely open the door wider.