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Why are we not using Thorium?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by kenpoprofessor, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. kenpoprofessor

    kenpoprofessor

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    After a few hours of looking at Thorium, it appears we have a much better "element" to produce our nuclear power plants without all the risk of using truly "radioactive" substances.

    For those possibly in the know, is there a reason why we're not using Thorium?


    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=Thorium&aq=f&aqi=&oq=

    Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day

    Clyde
     
  2. NRA_guy

    NRA_guy Unreconstructed

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    I'm not sure about thorium, but the reason the US does not recycle spent uranium is we signed some goofy multinational non-proliferation treaty agreeing not to do so years ago.

    It was done to get non-nuclear bomb nations to not build bombs. (Um, how's that working out?)

    The end result is that the US nuclear plants generate tons of radioactive waste that has a half-life in the thousands of years and needs to be stored in special containers at a tremendous cost.

    It's all part of the plan to drive up the cost and reduce the acceptability of nuclear power so US citizens remain dependent upon oil. And the liberals love the policy because they want us to live in caves and eat grass to survive while they live in big houses and jet around to global warming conferences.
     

  3. NCSHP311

    NCSHP311 G19, G26

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    So... all we would have to do is make sure no one breaths or eats it, and we'd be ok? You mean no expensive lead suits for the all the people in the reactor?

     
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    Once other nations get up to speed using it, we'll be forced to purely by the economics of the situation.

    This will be a good day, IMO.
     
  6. GlocknSpiehl

    GlocknSpiehl NRA Life Member

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    From my quick reading, one possible issue is the lack of bypodructs that are used in other applications. E.g. One of the byproducts of the uranium reactors is molybdinum, which is used to make the radiopharmiceuticals that I use in my job in nuclear medicine every day. Ditto that for radioactive iodine (I-123 and I-131) which are used for imaging and treating thyroid disorders.
     
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    Low neutron economy is the short answer. The long answer is, no one has ever really sat down and tried to overcome the engineering hurdles that a thorium reactor would present.
     
  8. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    When the century beings with a THREE, we might get up to speed on it.
     
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    JohnBT NRA Benefactor

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    Nevermind, I thought it said Thorazine.
     
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    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    i have no idea what is going on
     
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    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Follow the money.




    Always follow the money.
     
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    Thorium works great in my Coleman lantern mantles.
     
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    BigFelipe BeenQuietTilNow

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    If nothing else it looks like something we should be lookin' hard into...
     
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    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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