Investing in nuclear energy is a bad business investment
When asked by a representative of a Sovereign Wealth Fund if nuclear power would not be the solution to the climate crisis as ‘new technologies are safe, it’s cost effective and does not emit CO2’, Jeremy Rifkin replied, “Nuclear Energy is ‘over’“. (see the 4 minute VIDEO).
How to use zero energy from coal, oil or nuclear and grow the economy by 158%.
Reinventing Fire from the Rocky Mountain Institute.
In this TED Talk energy innovator Amory Lovins shows how to get the US off oil and coal by 2050, saving $5 trillion, with no Act of Congress, led by business for profit. The key is integrating all four energy-using sectors—and four kinds of innovation.
Does thorium offer any advantages over uranium as nuclear fuel?
When the Union of Concerned Scientists briefly dissect this question, they find that liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTRs) require uranium, uranium-233 (an isotope created from thorium), or plutonium, and that the Department of Energy has found that reactors fueled with thorium and uranium do not provide any clear advantages over uranium-only reactors in terms of waste management, proliferation risk, safety, economics, or sustainability. Also, a LFTR operated in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the ’60’s is an environmental mess.
Yet thorium is the darling of a new film, “Pandora’s Promise“, which promotes its “cast” as former leaders of the anti-nuclear movement, which none of them ever was. The film does not consult or feature any credible, independent scientific or medical professional with expertise in the areas covered by the film, according to Beyond Nuclear which has published a definitive report – Pandora’s False Promises: Busting the pro-nuclear propaganda – and a two-page synopsis.