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Please take time to read this White House Petition I have written and research its subject, 25,000 digital signatures will get it reviewed by the White House.

Thorium Nuclear Power is a nearly perfect fuel.

Here on Google Plus we believe we can change the world. Safe power, drinking water, spaceship fuel, cancer treatments (all benefits of thorium cycle) can be realized in ONE simple moment. Getting funding to rekindle a old reactor (previously proven technology) to utilize a fuel that lives in your own backyard.

Imagine Energy Independence. Imagine Safe, Cheap, Abundant Power. Imagine Large Scale Desalination.

This WILL change the WORLD.

+Kirk Sorensen

Thorium Remix 2009 - LFTR in 16 Minutes

http://flibe-energy.com/technology/
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+Daniel Ely Rankin are you sure about the reserve data? What I've seen puts it (as a replacement for uranium) at something closer to 350 years, though who knows really. Either way, there's more thorium than uranium, it's safer, it's cooler, it's also much less likely to lead to weaponry proliferation. It's something I'd much rather see than uranium water boilers (what we use now).
 
Thorium is found in small amounts in most rocks and soils; it is three times more abundant than tin in the Earth's crust and is about as common as lead.[48] Soil commonly contains an average of around 12 parts per million (ppm) of thorium.
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Thorium is several times more abundant in Earth's crust than all isotopes of uranium combined and thorium-232 is several hundred times more abundant than uranium-235.[14]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium

I have previously done calculations based on the chemistry (relative natural occurrences) to get a 120x number. U238 having a certain occurrence, u235 being a percentage of that, and thorium being more abundant than either.

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/default.aspx?id=448&terms=thorium " it is about three times more abundant than uranium.

The 2009 IAEA-NEA "Red Book" lists 3.6 million tonnes of known and estimated resources as reported, but points out that this excludes data from much of the world, and estimates about 6 million tonnes overall."

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf75.html

uranium-238 (99.28% natural abundance), uranium-235 (0.71%)
Wikipedia

So Thorium is 3x U238 and U238 is 139.8x more abundant than U235 so a total of more than 419x.
 
Water boiler uranium power generators are extremely dangerous, and should be retired. Statistically, we will have massive contamination accidents some day if we extend their life beyond their engineers' specs. Thorium may be a good alternative to bridge the gap between conventional coal and gas power plants and our inevitable solar and fusion future. For now, in order to maintain our economic desire for power thorium looks like a good bridge. We will not consume less energy, so conservation is simply not a solution. Coal, natural gas, and petrochemical plants contaminate land too. We continue to rope off massive chunks of earth as contaminated, and we must pursue a power generation technology that doesn't render huge lass masses uninhabitable.

Germany has used thorium reactors, though newer designs may prove more practical and profitable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THTR-300
 
+Arisa Yosh my abundance references are supposed to be speaking not to the safety, but to the long term sustainability and size of waste stream of Thorium vs the tons of coal that equate. I am sorry if it seemed otherwise.

I have been talking about clean up. Thorium LFTR reactors would consume the existing 10,000 year uranium waste from LWRs and leave it less radioactive while producing energy from it.

Yucca mountain was engineered to hold nuclear waste for 10,000 years, which I am skeptical, but I am sure it is over engineered for the 300 years that the thorium waste stream would be radioactive for.

So I am proposing a nuclear waste as fuel plant here. It is a very interested technology.
 
+Arisa Yosh Fukushima is a MOX facility. Much of the contamination in the surrounding area came from the MOX fuel burning.
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