September 4, 2010

PROGRESS: Development of Tiny Thorium Reactors Could Wean the World Off Oil In Just Five Years. Faster, please.

Steven Den Beste was warning the other day that this might promote nuclear proliferation in a big way, but some commenters suggested that’s not really a risk. This article also says that thorium reactors don’t produce significant amounts of bomb-grade isotopes.

UPDATE: Reader Michael Costello writes: “The biggest problem with thorium reactors is that there are no thorium mines in Iowa.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Tom Brosz writes: “Maybe there aren’t any thorium mines in Iowa, but it sure looks like there could be.”

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