China Takes Lead in Race for Clean Nuclear Power (Wired Magazine article)
The idea that US journalists and politicians have not learned about Thorium Molten Salt Reactors
is shocking and Jason Correia commented on the
news from China on Kirk Sorensen’s post:
I agree about *nobody up high enough knows* but seriously, ANYONE who might spend 30 minutes reading up on nuclear energy matters on the internet would probably stumble upon LFTR. And the fact that talk and buzz about LFTR never seemed to take off in those upper circles means these people have their heads buried in the sand and ought to be ashamed of themselves for their pitiful lack of intellectual curiosity.
Richard Martin is the 4th person I’ve seen mention the “Sputnik moment” that was also mentioned in Obama’s state of the union speech. It looks like China could, and France should have, inspired a “Sputnik moment” but the sleepers and self-interested members of society don’t seem to care.
The idea that this technology has resurfaced and could have remained buried in electronic digital files without being published and what’s worse without being taught in the universities and colleges is a tragedy. The genius of Alvin Weinberg and his colleagues came up with this technology over 50 years ago and the concept goes back to the 1940′s.
You regular readers will know exactly what I’m raving about. If you don’t then it’s time you checked out more of this website. I post regularly on Thorium MSR and LFTR.
Here are some other news outlets that covered the story:
- China enters race to develop nuclear energy from thorium (The Guardian – UK)
- China bets on thorium (The Register – UK)
- Nuclear power’s great leap forward (The Spectator – AU)
- Thorium ‘SA’s best-kept energy secret’
SA has abundance of metal which could be used for greenhouse gas-free electricity generation (Business Day – ZA)