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Todd De Ryck
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Be sure to check out eGeneration Foundation's youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_m2iUsq-HicXvxPub2TbJg/videos
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Todd De Ryck
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Just released! "Climate Gamble: Is Anti-nuclear Activism Endangering our Future?" http://www.amazon.com/Climate-Gamble-Anti-Nuclear-Activism-Endangering-ebook/dp/B013WGG8AO/ref=sr_1_1
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"By the way, we’re planning a crowdfunding campaign to get a copy of the book to everyone attending the Paris climate negotiations this year. Stay tuned!" http://jmkorhonen.net/2015/08/17/english-version-of-climate-gamble-now-out/
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https://vimeo.com/18367074

If he's right, then the PR push should be about framing nuclear as safe in these ways. (For a start.)

1. Voluntary is easy. We have a choice, build the plants or not.
2. He says nuclear is unnatural, I disagree. Frame it as the engine of geothermal. Also it's everywhere. Background, bricks, bananas. (Natural reactors happened too.)
3. Sunlight is radiation. Radios. WiFi. Etc. It's all on the same spectrum.
4. How many xrays have you gotten? Tans? How many bananas? Exposure happens all the time.
5. Are you afraid of the sun like a vampire is?
6. Core fission permits life on earth.
7. Like everything else, the basics are simple, or you can get as expert in it as you please. You can buy a radiation detector for your phone apparently. (I am so getting one someday.)
8. This one is tough because of the ubiquity points made above.
9. This one is also hard just because I don't see it being fair or unfair.
10. This isn't like killing a pig for bacon. There is nothing intrinsically moral or immoral about fissioning an atom. It's like a hammer. What you do with fission is what matters.
11. The phrase "nuclear physicist" essentially means mega genius to most people. It's right up there with brain surgeon and rocket scientist. These are the people in whose hands you pu your life every day when you get in a car, get on an elevator, take a medication etc.
12. We can make these things with an extremely reliable off switch, and set it to automatic. (Walk away safe.)

You can frame each of those as refutations as well, and frame the whole thing as a list of myths to be debunked.
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Interesting way of framing the whole nuclear debate. Indeed "outrage is part of the risk that ... can lead to misperception of hazard."
WRT to a couple of your points:
"8. This one is tough because of the ubiquity points made above.
9. This one is also hard just because I don't see it being fair or unfair."
Yes these go hand in hand especially since so much of our infrastructure can't be individually controlled thus is prone to creation of conflicts between individual motivations. But that's true of much of our current societies. We depend on others to collectively make our lives better.  Not relying on others would bring us back to hunter-gatherer status. So really these points are not so much the reality, rather the perception of having control and thus being fair.
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Willie Zenk

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Japan is nuclear again: Unit 1 of the Sendai nuclear power plant starts up.
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Ian Prado

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Hey, I'm applying to graduate schools and I was wondering if I could get some advise. Should I apply to schools with programs studying molten salt cooled reactors (FHRs MSRs), should I go the more traditional nuclear engineering route, or something else entirely. My major is math/physics, not nuclear engineering, so I was wondering if you guys could give me direction to how to best help the thorium cause. 
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Terrestrial energy has partnered with University of Tennessee. Is this a good school?

http://terrestrialenergy.com/terrestrial-energy-announces-strategic-collaboration-university-tennessee/
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Todd De Ryck
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+brickandfanal
You're right that no Thorium use is in actual production however India is constructing a CANDU-based plant featuring the Thorium fuel cycle. The Chinese are also planning to build at least one CANDU reactor that will use the Thorium fuel cycle.
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Michael Carr

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I just found this . I hope that may get the ball rolling in a MSR & hopefully a LFTR    http://www.energy.gov/articles/energy-department-invest-advanced-reactor-concept-development
Energy Department to Invest in Advanced Reactor Concept Development
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Be we appreciate the effort :) Thank you. Seriously :) This technology will save the biosphere as we know it. Hard to think of a better cause really.
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Willie Zenk

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The DOE is requesting letters of intent from advanced reactor developers. Two multi-year awards are available, up to $40 million each.
Energy Department to Invest in Advanced Reactor Concept Development
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                          I am for a Thorium MSR , Flibe Energy is the only US based 1 I have heard of .Thorcon is mixed with 235 U & 238U/239P . Transatomic Power will use spent fuel or LEU . Both say they can use a Th & 233U cycle but not at first. The same can be said for Terrestrial Energy , but are a non US company so I don't know if they are eligible for the DoE grant.
             But it wouldn't surprise me if a  U/P fast breeder wins some funds too.
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Ian Prado

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Someone posted Gordon's patreon video on /r/futurology and it has 2000 upvotes! If you have a reddit account, helping defend the MSR/thorium narrative would be awesome :) (I labeled this message as urgent because idk how long this post will stay at the top)

https://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/3etvht/this_man_has_been_working_on_making_content/
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+Ian Prado Well he certainly has unshakeable patience it would seem.

Must be a Canadian thing :) I'd have totally been yelling and throwing stuff in his position :P
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Thorium Now is a group of individuals and organizations convinced that the key to humanity's immediate and long term energy future is the proper exploitation of the Thorium atom.

Todd De Ryck
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By Llewellyn King If you want to design a new automobile, there are choices, but there are also parameters. For example, you would be advised to start with four wheels on the ground. You could design...
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Todd De Ryck
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The year long project conducted by Energy Process Developments Ltd to determine the feasibility of developing a pilot scale molten salt reactor in the UK has been finished and results published. The study reviewed six MSR designs: Flibe Energy, ThorCon, Moltex, Seaborg Technologies, ...
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Good to see something is actually happening on this front in the UK
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Michael Carr

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has anyone else seed this video of Lars Jorgensen talking about Thorcon . It was very Informative & corrected some of my misconceptions about the reactor's shortcomings  & validated my statements about its strengths  
   the sum up , DMSR now , better breeder later.
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at 22:40 there is a list of Salts & fuels & there % of enrichment . He also talked about there fueling plan.
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Todd De Ryck
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If Mr Funk himself speaks out for heavy metal, the times they truely are-a-changin... Jazz artist and peace activist Herbie Hancock, recommends the use of thorium as safe and abundant environmental...
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I bet this does more for the movement than 90% of what the people in this community have done. (Except maybe Gordon with his constant videos aimed at the mainstream.)

This is a huge leap outside our echo-chamber.

Awesome news :)
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       "Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep til noon" - Mark Twain. There is apparently no greater leader on climate change than Germany. Here is some evidence. This country ...
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Todd De Ryck
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A questionable reshaping of reactor research 45 years ago has had long-term consequences.
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ICYMI: We're very excited about new incentives for states to invest in new nuclear technology. Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington all have new projects or recent legislation promoting the advancement of GIV reactors. Here is our recap of President Obama's announcement yesterday: 
Learn how new energy regulations will help the environment. Nuclear is the most powerful zero-carbon, clean energy option, and it just got a HUGE help.
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+Terry Floyd No but I saw another image:
http://depletedcranium.com/nuclear-is-bad-because-it-will-take-out-jobs-coal-miners/

It's a good move backing solar for the coal people.
1. Good PR.
2. Less opposition now.
3. Immediate systemic sympathy. Going from an evil to a temporarily necessary evil.
4. Bet hedging.
5. No actual immediate threat. Polluters by definition play the short term game anyway.
6. Very possibly no long term threat either.

They would never support nuclear in this way because nuclear is a much more obvious short term threat.
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Todd De Ryck
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Also this confuses me: "This material will be significantly more anti-proliferation resistant than the MOX fuel which is currently being transported."

I think they need to drop the "anti" don't they? Or am I missing something.
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Todd De Ryck
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"Synthesizing Jet Fuel from Sea Water" http://disinfo.com/2015/07/synthesizing-jet-fuel-sea-water/
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It sounds like "what if palooza"

https://www.parc.com/newsroom/news.html
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Todd De Ryck
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What follows on this blog over the next few weeks will be a series of five important essays on sustainable energy, by David Jones (who also blogs as NNadir on Daily Kos, bio here). A previous artic...
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