Would you melt down over the installation of a thorium reactor?

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    Because of a post I found here I have been doing a lot of reading about Thorium reactors. They have huge advantages over Uranium reactors, as there is no nuke waste, there is not the need for huge containment vessels, and the way a thorium reaction works, it is self governing and will NOT race out of control like a uranium reactor does.

    One huge advantage is that we have tons of the stuff all over, no need for imports.


    They would be relatively cheap to build, but wack jobs might insist on making them have the same protections as uranium reactors which would jack up the cost way high.

    They are easy to start up and shut down, arduous processes using uranium nukes.

    And they emit zero gasses.

    Of course, given the way folks react to Nuke plants, there will be the perpetual NIMBY problem.

    Wiki on the subject

    A page from some Thorium evangelists that don't quite jibe with Wiki

    I like the idea.
     
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    I'll think about that tomorrow. Scarlett
     
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    Having IMMEDIATELY exhausted my vast reservoir of knowledge on the topic, I went and did some down and dirty searching. No; not Wiki. :D

    Here is an interesting debate-format web-site on the issues involved, pro and con:

    Debate: Thorium based nuclear energy - Debatepedia
     
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    They didn't cover the issue of Thorium vs Coal.

    That would be a slam dunk
     
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    Would it?

    How so?
     
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    Where do I buy thorium futures?

    Is this unobtanium?
     
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    All the dirt vs a nice clean hum.....

    However people do have a tendency to freak at the idea of nukes. Even I recognize that dumping dirt into the atmosphere is not a good idea. So nukes are a positive. We just need to get the right kind of nukes so people aren't so freaked about the bomb in their back yard digging its way to Shanghai.
     
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    The stuff is quite common.
     
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    Ok. You MADE me go do some more reading. :cool:

    -- Don't believe the spin on thorium being a
     
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    Thanks I had totally forgotten that about it being in Coleman lantern mantles.
     

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