Will history show some day that molten salt reactors were the answer?
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…Once we get past the stigma of nuclear energy.
China has a program to develop thorium molten salt reactor technology for sale worldwide. Why in the world would they do that?
What are the advantages?
1. Vastly safer operation without melt down risk.
2. Thorium mining has rare earth byproducts necessary for advanced electronics. The US may have trouble obtaining the rare earths needed for our defense industry if China shuts us off. (If China controls the TMSR industry that continues to cut the US off.)
3. Does not produce plutonium. Limits nuclear weapons proliferation.
4. Radioactive waste can be managed much more easily.
So why hasn’t it been adopted in the US? Good question. As a matter of fact a congressional committee was looking favorably on TMSR technology at one time and was shut down by the DOD. No reason was given. If the DOD won’t tell us why we should not have this technology is there anyone out there who can give us an explanation?
Nuclear energy could potentially capture carbon and provide carbon-based fuels for those few operations that would need it in the future. There are those who say that solar and wind technologies use more energy in production than they save.