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By Robert Rapier on Sep 10, 2012 with 22 responses

Responses to Thorium Reactor Story

9/16/11 Update: New story from Wired — Thorium potential ‘overstated’ says government report

Following last week’s R-Squared Energy TV episode that discussed thorium nuclear reactors, there were a number of comments and emails from readers that added a lot of clarity to the discussion. I want to highlight some of those comments, because as I had indicated that was definitely outside of my area of expertise.

My general feeling is that there are some technical challenges that have been downplayed, and I compared the situation to that of hemp. Advocates of hemp for fuel frequently suggest that were it not for government regulations against it, hemp could be a major raw material for biofuels for the U.S. My comment to that is always that hemp is legal to grow in many countries, and yet is not utilized in those countries for biofuels. Thus, there are challenges regarding hemp other than simply government regulations against it.

Nevertheless, many readers provided very good complementary information on the topic of thorium reactors, and I share three of those comments and one email below. CONTINUE»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 30, 2012 with 19 responses

Carbon Trading & Thorium Reactors

In this week’s episode of R-Squared Energy TV, I answer two viewer questions. The first is on California’s upcoming carbon trading markets, which includes a discussion on resource shuffling. The second question is on the potential of thorium nuclear reactors.