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Albert Tremblay
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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/nov/01/india-thorium-nuclear-plant 
India plans 'safer' nuclear plant powered by thorium
Use of relatively low-carbon, low-radioactivity thorium instead of uranium may be breakthrough in energy generation
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I love the idea of decision support equivalent of accounting software.
#deliberativepolitics   #socialjustice   #participatorydeliberation  
 
#Paradigmatic (I'm talking about a $65B tranche of US reconstruction to Afghanistan.)
USAID did a very good review of government departments, involving some very credible accounting firms. They found that in all case the departments were not able to protect or effectively spend the funds.
ASAID then decided to wave their internal controls (They should notRPTnot have released the money.) and went ahead with the funding.

//That's// what I call "decision making".

"Lessons learned"? Post hoc. Autopsy. Detached from the actualities.
If we had for decision support the equivalent of spreadsheet, the equivalent of accounting software, analogs for Gantt and PERT ... there would be a lot more sanity and a ton more transparency.
#PaperTrail
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"Daniel Ricciardo has lost his second-place finish in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix after stewards decided his car had run with too high a fuel flow rate during the race. The team are to appeal the decision." - formula1 dot com
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I also think endurance racing is different than a 72 lap F1 race.
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David LeBlanc on the proliferation concern:

"... Molten salt reactors, thats a very broad category of beast. There is a lot of different ways we can run them. When you talk about the breeder option, thorium producing u233, there are anti-proliferation features built in to that. Uranium 233 is a potential weapons material. This is categorized as highly enriched uranium, which means it can be used in a weapon. There are very valid concerns..."

This looks like a reason for people to turn away from liquid salt reactors. I think it is a manageable concern, but it should be addressed.
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I'm sorry,  I was not being clear. When referring to the Protactinium removal I meant that this design was the least proliferation resistant and most likely to yield quality U-233 with least effort.

This is why I favor Dr. LeBlanc's DMSR design.  It presents a path of least resistance to MSR deployment by addressing both technological and proliferation concerns. 
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#thoriumnuclear   #climatechange  

"... So said Nobel Prize winning physicist Carlo Rubbia this morning, addressing the Thorium Energy Conference 2013, held here at the renowned international physics lab CERN.
“In order to be vigorously continued, nuclear power must be profoundly modified,” said Rubbia, a former director general of CERN and the co-winner of the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Rubbia noted that thorium has “absolute pre-eminence” over all fuels including uranium as well as fossil fuels. He said it must become a staple of nuclear because it leaves less long-lived waste than uranium, is far more plentiful, is resistant to weapons proliferation and has a much higher energy content so that reactors will require less of it..."  http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/2013/10/28/nobel-laureate-go-thorium/
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I have started a blog on the concerns and potential for molten salt reactors! My fav project is David LeBlanc's Terrestrial Energy Inc.

http://www.terrestrialenergyinc.com/ 

"...LeBlanc’s reactor is known as a “burner” or a “converter”, not a “breeder.”..."
A simple and “SMAHTR” way to build a molten salt reactor, from Canada
April 12th, 2013
Posted by Mark Halper
http://www.the-weinberg-foundation.org/2013/04/12/a-simple-and-smahtr-way-to-build-a-molten-salt-reactor-from-canada/
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It's great to hear you're looking to go into this industry Vincent. As I am sure you are aware, it may be a slow start but there is so much potential. I am sure we will be seeing molten salt reactors within our lifetimes.

I actually sent an email to David via his website http://terrestrialenergyinc.com/contact/contact_info/index.php 

He replied to me too. You should send him an email.

I like David because he is Canadian haha.. 
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"An interesting detail: "China's thorium reactor development includes a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy."
Maybe China will forge the way forward. Their system allows far more flexibility than ours."

- My Dad Ben Tremblay's comment when I shared this article on Facebook
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I bet the public would give more support to Molten Salt Reactors if the situation concerning risk of Nuclear Proliferation was cleared up.
This is opportunity to show the world what is necessary to minimize this risk. When will this concern be given proper attention? To get attention, you have to give attention.

"...It is also possible that a country—or countries—might initiate an LFTR program with a principal objective of producing a surplus of U-233 for making nuclear weapons..."  #LFTR  
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The only way nuclear weapons work in accomplishing state objectives, is if you can tell other countries about them. Any surreptitious acquisition of bomb-making materials would have limited usefulness except for terrorism. And even if a country used thorium-derived materials to create and successfully deploy a WMD, nuclear energy would continue to cause fewer deaths than coal. Never mind the consequences to a state using thorium to create bombs. 
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David LeBlanc on nuclear proliferation concern:

"... Molten salt reactors, thats a very broad category of beast. There is a lot of different ways we can run them. When you talk about the breeder option, thorium producing u233, there are anti-proliferation features built in to that. Uranium 233 is a potential weapons material. This is categorized as highly enriched uranium, which means it can be used in a weapon. There are very valid concerns..."

There are other concerns about looking at liquid salt nuclear reactors. Though it appears to be humanity's best option for clean cheap energy.
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