01 Jul '11, 12pm

Response: don't dismiss the potential of thorium nuclear power << comment piece by me in @the_ecologist

Climate change is a challenging topic for the green movement. Environmentalists can take the credit for being amongst the first to sound the alarm when the rest of the world chose to ignore the gloomy pronouncements being made by the scientific community. However, the range of people now concerned about the threat we face has grown hugely in recent years and so too has the range of solutions being put forward. Not all of them have found favour with the green lobby. It is easy to find reasons to object to things but if we are going to successfully decarbonise the global economy then we cannot afford to rule out too many technologies before properly exploring and assessing their pros and cons. It is tempting to think that all nuclear reactors are the same, and by extension, to place l iquid-fluoride thorium reactors (LFTRs) in the same category as existing solid-fueled urani...

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