You may have read my last piece about thorium nuclear energy. If so you know the insanely real capability existing thorium technology has to overhaul energy production not just in the US but worldwide.
But just to give you a little background anyway, The Liquid Flouride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) is a technology developed in the early 60s, originally to build a nuclear-powered bomber for the Air Force. As it turns out, the technology has far wider applications. Thorium fuel is cheap and abundant and far exceeds uranium-water reactors for efficiency and safety without the high-volume waste production. LFTRs remain an untapped technology in the US, while China is currently acting on plans to build their own reactors. More power to them! If you want a GREAT informational video on the history and benefits of the technology, check this out.
More poignantly, there is a consortium pursuing the implementation of thorium-based nuclear reactors called the Thorium Energy Alliance and they are holding their 6th annual T.E.A. conference in Chicago later this month. As they will tell you over the course of a day there is currently no good reason why we aren’t full steam ahead on thorium energy. If Americans can generate enough support for the “duh!” energy technology, maybe we will see people get assassinated by coal interests….I mean! maybe we can watch our fossil fuel dependence fade to black!