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Todd De Ryck
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Nuclear Power in the Year of Modi - What Modi and the Indian nuclear programme sorely needs is a visionary. When Homi Bhabha envisioned a three-stage nuclear programme for India in November 1954, there was not a single commercially operating nuclear reactor in the world; India did not yet have an operational reactor of any type.
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Very awesome and I agree completely. It would be awesome to see any major government really run with new nuclear. Honestly the thousand reactors comment gave me chills of joy, while simultaneously crushing my hopes for this country ever waking the  $%^& up.
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Todd De Ryck
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"If an American got all his or her lifetime electricity solely from nuclear power, that person's share of waste would fit into one soda can. If an American got all his or her electricity from coal, that person's waste would weigh 68.5 tons and fit into six 12-ton railroad cars. And their share of carbon dioxide coal emissions would come to 77 tons."

That is an awesome paragraph.

Todd, the fact that you don't have like 50,000 followers is proof the Google plus community is stupid. Srsly.
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Todd De Ryck
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Impressive lineup for the upcoming Thorium Energy Alliance conference June 3 & 4, 2015 Palo Alto CA, USA http://thoriumenergyalliance.com/index.html
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+brickandfanal Just so long as no one anywhere suffers for want of us preventing it. That's really what guides all my policy choices. I'm kinda simple apparently. Pain and death are bad. The rest follows. /shrugs

We should be dotting the landscape with small nuclear reactors. Oh well, I'm sure after china shows us how it's done we might follow suit 50-100 years later.

/sigh
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Willie Zenk

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+Jeff McMahon of +Forbes continues his quest against the safest, most reliable power source on the planet. He also confirms Betteridge's law of headlines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines).
It would be almost three hours until Tesla's big announcement, but inside a Northwestern University classroom near Chicago Thursday night, the famed nuclear critic Arnie Gundersen had the inside scoop: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was about to announce an industrial-scale battery, Gundersen said, that would cost about 2¢ per kilowatt hour, putting the final nail in the coffin of nuclear power.
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Forbes' credibility has been fairly low in my estimation lately. They're almost as bad as Salon these days.
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Todd De Ryck
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"Association pushes for use of thorium-fueled nuclear power plants in Ohio" http://www.akronlegalnews.com/editorial/12649
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Todd De Ryck
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John Kutsch, director of the Thorium Energy Alliance is interviewed http://www.twincities.com/columnists/ci_27859164/llewellyn-king-rare-earth-u-s-solution
Rare earth elements -- there are 17 of them -- have the world's manufacturing by the throat. They are, as John Kutsch, director of the Thorium Energy Alliance, says, "the great multipliers." They make metals stronger, generators more efficient, cell phones smaller, television sets sharper, and laptops lighter. They are, in their way, as important to modern manufacturing as energy.
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Todd De Ryck
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click on "Infographic on thorium" http://www.janleenkloosterman.nl/symposium.php
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Aaron King

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A great use of Thorium power to clean up waste and pollution!

http://energyfromthorium.com/2014/03/28/energy-from-thorium-taking-out-the-trash/
Commentary by Jon Morrow For those of us interested in the environment, a large, visible, and costly concern should be landfills and waste management. A modern society produces millions of tons of garbage and the age-old technology of burying trash is still with us in the year 2014. While we have made vast strides in recycling, a ...
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How easily can you ramp-up or down the power demand?  Say you had one with six plasma candles at the bottom, could you leave it running with one of them while grid-electricity is in high-demand, and then one by one turn the rest on at night when electricity is cheap and abundant?  
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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.

Ian Prado

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One of the best explanations of the benefits of LFTRs and the necessity of nuclear in general. 
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One thing that struck me many years ago when watching Kirk Sorensen speak about Thorium was the idea that this technology could bring large amounts of energy to everyone on the planet. Prior to that, I had assumed from my Western perspective that the next 50 or 100 years of energy consumption had to be a zero sum in a way; that need for energy for the billions of humans who had very little energy would come from those who had most of the energy.  That mindset practically leads to a conclusion of, "I don't want to give up my lifestyle, so I won't budge."

Rusty Towell here is making the same point, that you don't have to take energy away from 20 or 30% of the population and redistribute it to the remainder equitably, but that everyone gets that high standard of energy without destroying the environment with carbon. "Three M&M's for all," if you will.

Look at any developing country and see how a majority of women spend their days. It is completely labor intensive for tasks that westerners probably have never seen done in-person (washing clothes and gathering water come immediately to mind). I imagine what abundant and affordable energy would do for their lives, and the lives of workers in countries where physical effort is required due to a lack of energy, and I really see an incredible world.
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Todd De Ryck
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South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission releases new paper http://nuclearrc.sa.gov.au/our-reports/electricity-generation/
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Good point, I don't know what exactly a "submission" means, but I just sent a note to thorconpower.com , in the unlikely event they were not aware of this commission.
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Todd De Ryck
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"Ohio HCR-9 a concurrent resolution that is a proclamation of the state of Ohio passes the Ohio House of representative with nearly a unanimous vote" http://www.ohiochannel.org/MediaLibrary/Media.aspx?fileId=146453&startTime=2868&autoStart=True
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Thank you :)
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Achal H P

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Thorium has many distinctive advantages over uranium. Please check this out:
Thorium is a powerful, radioactive metal. Nations are developing it as a safe and abundant fuel which may save the environment from destruction. Click here.
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typo in the first balloon; form ~ from
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Todd De Ryck
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India is undertaking exploration of rare earth element (REE) monazite, an essential source of nuclear fuel, and has already set up a plant in Odisha for processing the mineral, Parliament was informed today. Monazite is an atomic mineral and
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Thorium Hub

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ICYMI: Great video that's easy to share explaining the benefits of Nuclear (and Thorium reactors). 
New video explaining why Thorium Nuclear Energy is AWESOME! Click to watch.
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Willie Zenk

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This is not thorium related, but I ran across a very interesting article describing the U235 powered 30 kW RTG that is currently orbiting earth - the SNAP 10/A. The reactor, cooled by NaK alloy, was launched into space in 1965. After 43 days of operation, a voltage regulator failed, causing a shut down of the core. It was then put into a 1300 km orbit where it should stay for the next 4000 years. A modified version of the SNAP-10/A underwent "rapid disassembly" in the open air of the Idaho desert during a planned destructive test. "The disassembly of the reactor resulted from the rapid stepwise addition of essentially all the available excess reactivity." The disassembly took about 2 msec. That test report can be read here: https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16369543-AHl1OP/16369543.pdf
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"n November 1979 the vehicle began shedding, eventually losing 50 pieces of traceable debris. The reasons were unknown, but the cause could have been a collision. Although the main body remains in place, radioactive material may have been released"

Well obviously we should all go live in bomb shelters now since it's going to rain radioactivity on us from the sky at any moment. >.>

/frustrated with radiophobia

But seriously, awesome article, I did not know about this. Thanks for sharing :)
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