Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke

Original post by Richard Martin, at Wired.com.

.... thorium could solve the nuclear power industry’s most intractable problems. After it has been used as fuel for power plants, the element leaves behind minuscule amounts of waste. And that waste needs to be stored for only a few hundred years, not a few hundred thousand.... But.... Locked in a struggle with a nuclear-armed Soviet Union, the US government in the ’60s chose to build uranium-fueled reactors — in part because they produce plutonium that can be refined into weapons-grade material...

...thorium ....is also extraordinarily efficient as a nuclear fuel.... less radioactive nastiness left behind.....
Even better, Weinberg realized that you could use thorium in an entirely new kind of reactor, one that would have zero risk of meltdown.

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