[ExI] Are mini nuclear power stations the way forward?

spike spike66 at att.net
Wed Mar 16 22:02:56 UTC 2011

>... On Behalf Of Ryan Rawson
Subject: Re: [ExI] Are mini nuclear power stations the way forward?

>...What about thorium liquid salt reactors?  No proliferation, and thorium
has more availability than U.

Anyone else know about this?

We know about it, and have high hopes for that technology.

The Japan experience may tarnish all nuclear technologies.  One of the
biggest problems we face in all power generation schemes is public
perception.  Right now the public has a negative attitude toward nuclear
power.  This has been demonstrated by Greenpeace, which has gone positive on
it but ran against the perceptions that it helped create, and are now
difficult to undo.

Investors must take that into consideration.  It's the opposite of that
baseball movie from a long time ago, where the farmer kept hearing voices in
his head saying "If you build it, they will come."  In the case of nuclear
power plants, "they" refers to investors.  If they don't come, you won't
build it.

Regardless of the outcome at this point, the Japan nukes have scared people;
scared people scare investors, and scared investors look elsewhere to
invest.  Nuclear power, including safer nuke technology, has been given a
death blow.


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