LFTR technology would solve many problems in an efficient, synergistic manner.
We invented much of this technology in the 1940's & 1950s, ran a proof of concept reactor for five years at Oakridge in the 1960s, generating a nice stockpile of U233 in the process.
By the time we sent the first man to the moon, we were sitting pretty to create a thorium energy economy in this country, and if we had done so, we would be in the catbird seat today in many areas.
As usual, government is the problem. It takes at least a decade to get licensing procedures for a "new" nuclear power generation technology through the NRC. Meanwhile, the Chinese are going full steam ahead, staking out large chunks of intellectual property territory in this area.
When we are finally forced to go to LFTRs to meet our base energy demand, we will have to buy (or worse yet lease) technology that we actually invented starting way back in the 1940's from the Chinese.
A few years ago, the stockpile of U233 was destroyed (diluted down and disposed of) at a cost of approximately 500 million taxpayer's dollars.
Government is not our friend.