Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thorium, safe nuclear energy?

[Thanks to Jimmy.]

Does abandoned Idaho mine hold key to energy independence?, article and video.

I'm fully prepared to believe that governments chose Uranium exactly because it's not safe, in other words, you can build bombs from it too.

Well, as always seems to be the case, there's another view. Dave points to this article.

In this world it seems there are never any simple solutions to complex problems.


Tommy said...

WOW!! I had never heard of this. Hope you don't mind, I think I'll add it to my blog as well.

dave_at_efi said...

Thorium isn't a simple, safe alternative nuclear energy source. It is used in conjunction with various uranium isotopes to produce heat, but the process also produces other dangerous isotopes. This is a very technical article, but its very complexity should dispel any illusions about thorium's being a savior about to replace uranium-based reactors.

Wish it were so, but it's not.

Anonymous said...

Don't use Wikipedia as a source if you want to be taken seriously.