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[DT] Thorium reactors a silver bullet for our looming energy crisis?

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Like it or not, the world is facing a looming energy crisis as we continue to burn through the planet’s available fossil fuels at an alarming rate. A gallon of gasoline that used to cost under a dollar back in the 80′s and early 90′s is now averaging over $4.00, placing financial strain on industry and consumers the world over. Researchers have been working feverishly in the past ten-years to try to find viable alternatives that can produce abundant energy. One such technology that is being looked at closely is liquid fluoride thorium reactors, a “breeder” power source that could provide enough energy to satisfy the world’s consumption indefinitely.

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This is a video that explains the advantages at greater depth. Not exactly news, but worth talking about!





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9M__yYbsZ4
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Definitely worth talking about, for sure biggrin.gif
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We need nuke, shoulda been there already. Question is whether safety will be over taken by greed.
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A very informative lengthy video that talks a lot about LFTR.
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the issue with these that every presentation seems to ignore is that we would literally need to have 1 reactor every few miles all over the planet to satisfy the worlds energy needs. Do we have the finances and raw materials to do so? yes, will it ever happen? no
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Iron Man FTW. tongue.gif


Jokes aside, if well isolated (radiation and stuff) they could be a very feasible solution.
   
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the issue with these that every presentation seems to ignore is that we would literally need to have 1 reactor every few miles all over the planet to satisfy the worlds energy needs. Do we have the finances and raw materials to do so? yes, will it ever happen? no

You have a source as to why?
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Too much red tape stands in the way.
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You have a source as to why?

there was a speech on potential future energy solutions in ted i watched a year or so ago which had all the 'why' in it, all i remember is the bottom line, go look it up if you like.

oh and the bottom bottom line was "we are screwed" thumb.gif
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