A Toast: To U.S. and China Teaming Up To Build Thorium Nukes


Can you handle a little good news? This article just in from a frequent commenter: It appears that nuclear reactors based on thorium (vs. uranium) may be closer than we think. There is very little not to like about thorium: it’s far safer operationally, and it’s not capable of being turned into weapons – thus any progress is good.

And check this out: the U.S. Oak Ridge National Lab is teaming up with the Chinese government to make this happen. That’s really good. As I always say, any energy solution that doesn’t get China out of the coal-fired power plant business isn’t really a solution at all. And it sure is good to see international cooperation from two parties that are potential adversaries.

Tonight, I urge you to find someone you like, and offer a toast to a saner, cleaner, safer world.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.