"First, it will take a lot of money to develop a new generation of thorium-fueled reactors — America's has been dormant for half a century. China is taking the lead in picking up the thread, building on plans developed and abandoned in Europe. And part of the reason Europe dropped the research, according to critics, is pressure from France's uranium-based nuclear power industry. Others just think the whole idea is being oversold. If "an endless, too-cheap-to-meter source of clean, benign, what-could-possibly-go-wrong energy" sounds too good to be true, says nuclear analyst Norm Rubin, it's because it is."
By EmmaZahn on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 10:59am |
Could thorium make nuclear power safe? - The Week caught my eye because thorium was one of the materials David Hahn, The Radioactive Boy Scout, scavenged to use in his breeder reactor experiments.
Knowing something of David's story makes the article's concluding paragraph puzzling.
So it will take a lot of money and yet a 17-year old Eagle Scout was able to scavenge enough to begin a breeding process that turned his mother's property into a Superfund site.
David's story enthralled me from the first time I heard it. There are so many elements to it. And now this. It makes me wonder if David's true 'crime' may have been the same as Prometheus'.