Why is the U.S. government collaborating with China on developing a molten-salt cooled thorium reactor?
posted on 11/26/2012 10:05:39 PM PST
I suspect there is no equivalent to the EPA in china, thus fewer hurdles through which to jump when designing and testing uncertain science projects.
posted on 11/26/2012 10:20:05 PM PST
(A half-truth is a complete lie)
Interesting. As I understand it the White House is going to use a Thorium back-up system. Currently it’s running on a Delirium Reactor. /s
posted on 11/26/2012 10:30:44 PM PST
(Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and 48 million Americans still didn't have power.)
Using Thorium in a conventional solid fuel reactor is akin to trying to use deisel fuel in a conventional gasoline engine. You might be able to make it work... poorly, but seems smarter to use it in a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor(LFTR).
posted on 11/26/2012 10:41:03 PM PST
Thorium can be extracted from coal. The power generated by the LFTR can be used to transform the leftover coal into synthetic fuel oil and gasoline. Since the US has the largest coal reserves in the world, building LFTRs could completely solve our energy problems.
Oh that’s right, coal is evil...nevermind.
posted on 11/27/2012 5:17:48 AM PST
(I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
China has the cash (our cash) and less stringent environmental rules. Both our own fault.
Whomever makes this work, we all need cheap, plentiful energy. Clean is an extra bonus.
posted on 11/27/2012 5:26:53 AM PST
(Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
Because we owe them a trillion dollars?
posted on 11/27/2012 6:57:46 AM PST
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