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LFTR is a completely different type of reactor. For one thing, it can't
melt down. It's physically impossible. And since it’s air-cooled, it
doesn’t have to be located near the shore. It can even be placed in an
underground vault. A tsunami would roll over it, like a truck over a
A LFTR uses liquid fuel -⎯nuclear material dissolved in molten
fluoride salt. Conventional reactors are atomic pressure cookers, using
solid fuel rods to super-heat water. And that means the constant
possibility of high-pressure ruptures and steam leaks.
LFTRs don’t use water. Instead, they heat CO2 gas to spin a turbine
for generating power. So if a LFTR leaks, it’s not a catastrophe. The
molten salt will "pool and cool" like candle wax, for easy containment,
recovery, and re-use.
LFTRs burn Thorium, a mildly radioactive material as common as tin
and found all over the world. We’ve already mined enough raw Thorium to
power the country for 400 years. It’s the waste at our Rare Earth
LFTRs consume fuel so efficiently that they can even use the spent
fuel from other reactors, while producing a miniscule amount of waste
themselves. In fact, the waste from a LFTR is virtually harmless in just
300 years. (No, that’s not a typo.) Yucca Mountain is obsolete. So are
LFTR technology has been sitting on the shelf at Oak Ridge for over
forty years. But now the manuals are dusted off, and a dedicated group
of nuclear industry outsiders is ready to build another test reactor and
give it a go.
Will it work? If it doesn’t, we’ll have one more reactor to retire.
But if it does work⎯- and there is every reason to believe that it will
-⎯the LFTR will launch a new paradigm of clean, cheap, safe and abundant
Let’s build one and see.
saddens me to say that, IMHO, this documentary lacks the power to
influence either public opinion or the opinions of policy-makers.
We need philanthropic big-bucks to get Michael Moore to tell the
complete story of the saddest ever 'accident of history' that side-lined
Thorium Molten Salt Reactor technology. All Americans need to know that
Alvin Weinberg can occupy the position of the most important individual
in history to beneficially influence the future of all humankind..