Thorium: Why aren’t we using this?

“If Barack Obama were to marshal America’s vast scientific and strategic resources behind a new Manhattan Project, he might reasonably hope to reinvent the global energy landscape and sketch an end to our dependence on fossil fuels within three to five years. ”

“Dr Rubbia says a tonne of the silvery metal – named after the Norse god of thunder, who also gave us Thor’s day or Thursday – produces as much energy as 200 tonnes of uranium, or 3,500,000 tonnes of coal. A mere fistful would light London for a week.

Thorium eats its own hazardous waste. It can even scavenge the plutonium left by uranium reactors, acting as an eco-cleaner. “It’s the Big One,” said Kirk Sorensen, a former NASA rocket engineer and now chief nuclear technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering.

“Once you start looking more closely, it blows your mind away. You can run civilisation on thorium for hundreds of thousands of years, and it’s essentially free. You don’t have to deal with uranium cartels,” he said.

Thorium is so common that miners treat it as a nuisance, a radioactive by-product if they try to dig up rare earth metals. The US and Australia are full of the stuff. So are the granite rocks of Cornwall. You do not need much: all is potentially usable as fuel, compared to just 0.7pc for uranium.”

Published in: on August 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Obama and the Golf… oops! Gulf Crisis

Obama it seems has harshly critizied the BP CEO for going to see a yacht race while the crisis in the Gulf continues. But he might want to check out the plank in his own eye first seeing how he went golfing the same weekend despite our shores being covered in oil.

On the issue of golf, it seems that Obama has done more golfing in a year and a half than Geroge W. Bush did in the entire 8 years of his term. Link to CNN Article:

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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OPEC Set to Drive Oil Prices Higher

It looks the greedy power hungry oil mogols want more. They plan on driving the cost of oil back over $100 a barrel (or as Iran said “the more the better”).,2933,442343,00.html

What their greedy minds can’t comprehend is that is they price oil too high for the market which seems likely in this unstable economic environment, then consumers will cut back and demand will fall. This will cause the price of oil to drop again. Which they will then attempt to drive back up.

I worry that there may be a time if we don’t become oil independant, that we will ahve to actually go to war for oil. I hope that we can break our oil dependency before that time.

Published in: on October 21, 2008 at 7:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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