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The latest Thorium Remix by Gordon McDowell is available! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BybPPIMuQQ
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Concur and done, hehe.
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The list don`t even mention EACL Slowpoke reactor, developed in the late 60s`s and in my opinion is one of the most accomplish mini nuclear reactor. This is a pity that the reactor didn`t received more commercial success.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLOWPOKE_reactor
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Most of the talk today centers around clean energy, and whether ramping up solar and wind initiatives will produce enough energy to replace the dying ...
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The Department of Energy quietly released a draft this month of a plan to double America's nuclear power capacity, not only with the small modular reactors championed by Secretaries Ernest Moniz and Steven Chu, but also with advanced reactors that do not rely on water for cooling.
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Unless there is a major breakthrough in nuclear energy, I really don't see much future in the US for atomic power considering the extreme low cost of natural gas.
Any conventional nuclear power plan cost $4 to 6 billion per Gigawatt of rated power.
There is no way you can compete with electricity from gas turbine, when the direct cost of natural gas is about 1.5 cent per kWh (in the US).
The initial cost of a gas turbine power plan is negligible compare to the $4 to $6 billion mention for the nuclear power plan.
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Brandon “Innomen” Sergent
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So nuclear is officially renewable now. If only humanity made decisions based on logic and facts.
New technological breakthroughs from U.S. Department of Energy laboratories have put removing uranium from seawater within economic reach. Nuclear fuel made with uranium extracted from seawater would make nuclear power as renewable as solar, hydro and wind.
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Yeah I forgot about that one.  Got tired of waiting for part 2 I guess. ;) Anyway, great article by Conda.
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Hopefully India can capitalize on this soon.
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That's not likely. Apparently 2050 is the projected date range for actual full thorium use. But then again they might not need it before then.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India%27s_three-stage_nuclear_power_programme#Stage_III_.E2.80.93_Thorium_Based_Reactors
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Not directly related to thorium, but critically important, IMO, to have a complete understanding of the limitations of weather-dependent, or variable, renewable energy, well articulated and explained! Clean Air Task Force "Solving Climate: The Need for Zero Carbon On-Demand Power" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXDTObgFrh4
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Achal H P

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James Kennedy explains the necessity of "Thorium banks" which accepts and stores the Thorium.
China controls substances so valuable that the Pentagon dares not act. It’s up to the Senate now.
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More money on defence? Let me laught, the US army is so incompetent, that any amount of money is going to be wasted anyways into unwinable wars, and corrupt their unethical leadership.
Since a good third of the +$600 billion US army budget go directly into the Middle East to protect tyranical oil producing dictatorship, why not divert that amount of money to develop something useful, namely Thorium nuclear reactors, shortcutting those tyrans, who despise the Western world anyways. The technology exist in the US, the energy sector badly need it, only the political will is missing.
But I`m just dreaming, the US political elite is way too corrupt, lack intelligence, and especially lack the leadership to challange the world order dominated by big oil companies, and the MIC, not to mention the most important, the privately own FED and their dollar back by oil, the petro-dollar currency.
The Russian and Chinese must laught behind the doors to face such weak American opposition. The best thing they could do is to encourrage the US into uncontroled spriralling military budget.
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Fossil fuel electricity could be replaced with nuclear power in just 25 years, cutting worldwide human carbon emissions by half, a new analysis published to PLoS ONE finds. Climate change is widely...
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Why not use a magnetic motor for the back up so there will be no need for any fossil fuels at all.
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+Osk Archer The graphic might be derived from another graph from the World bank (below). The main point of the praph is that it take enrgy to create economic activity (GDP). From the less efficient (Russia) to the most effcient (Japan), the ratio is about 2 to 1.

http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EG.USE.COMM.GD.PP.KD?end=2013&start=1990
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A molten salt reactor (MSR) is a type of nuclear reactor that uses liquid fuel instead of the solid fuel rods used in conventional nuclear reactors. Using liquid fuel provides many advantages in safety and simplicity of design.
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At the end of the article are listed the changes, additions, etc made since original posting January 2015
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Brandon “Innomen” Sergent
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http://underlore.com/is-being-too-late-really-so-bad/

For the record: In my opinion, at this point, the only hope we have long term is to start managing the composition of the atmosphere and ocean as if we were in a giant aquarium.

We're going to need nuclear power, both current, and next generation, to start pulling carbon out of the air and sea water. Among other things.
Barring some incredible new carbon capture technology, the window for limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius appears to have closed. That’s the stark conclusion of a report out in Nature today, which finds that the carbon reductions pledges penned into the Paris Agreement are ridiculously inadequate for keeping our climate within a safe and stable boundary.
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+Brandon Sergent you fucking fascist
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"The Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactor and its Contribution to a Sustainable Fuel Cycle" http://cns2016conference.org/abstracts/swafford_abstract.pdf
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Nice words from SNC Lavalin, but considering the ridiculous amount of money they put in R&D, I have no hope at all that this cooperation will endup in someting worth to mention.
Most likely the Chinese are sucking up CANDU technology in exchange for some loose change, and this is the Chinese who will come up with some breakthru.
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Missing bolts
Missing bolts and “nuclear reactor” are words one generally does not want in the same sentence. However, when more than one quarter of the bolts inside an atomic reactor core go missing, the risk and concern multiply. Listen to this breaking news Fairewinds Energy Education podcast of a formal press conference hosted by Friends of the Earth regarding its Emergency Petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Prohibit Restart of Indian Point Unit 2 and Inspect Indian Point Unit 3.

Here is a link to one of my favorite nuclear safety expert Arnie Gundersen from Fairwinds and his latest podcast (30 min)
Missing bolts and “nuclear reactor” are words one generally does not want in the same sentence. However, when more than one quarter of the bolts inside an atomic reactor core go missing, the risk and concern multiply. Listen to this breaking news Fairewinds Energy Education podcast of a formal press conference hosted by Friends of the Earth regarding its Emergency Petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Prohibit Restart of I...
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Indonesia needs to develop thorium-based nuclear power plants to supply power to industries, the Industry Minister says
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