Rick Perry, the new Department of Energy Secretary, visited ORNL but seems to have missed the key to US energy independence entirely!
So what is the key then?
The key is the MSRE experiment reactor that operated for 5.000 hours in the 1960’s and was a stepping stone towards realizing Alvin Weinberg's vision of a world powered by Thorium!
Well, Mr. Perry can always watch the 'vintage' video and learn about it from that instead:
Today, U.S. is the missing link in the Thorium Race. China, India, Indonesia, and now even Europe have substantial Thorium initiatives underway.
So, when will we see a proper Thorium project in the country with the world’s most innovative economy? Well, as Bill Gates famously said, ‘nuclear innovation stopped in the 70’s’ and it seems like there is an unspoken rule to first burn all depleted uranium (read ‘fast spectrum’) before getting on with anything else nuclear.
Or is it the NRC (as we have been looking at before) that is the show stopper?
On the other hand we know since before that Trump has Thorium in his plan, but what will he do? Or maybe the right question is what can he do? Inspiration could come from one of his closest allies, Peter Thiel, Trumps 'tech guy', who knows very well about the potential of Thorium Energy after years of ‘private education' on the topic.
As of today, there are several Thorium focused or capable initiatives in the U.S., and the DoE has worked closely with the Chinese Thorium Program.
What is the U.S. waiting for?