Safe Thorium Reactors: Plentiful, Safe Energy for Hundreds of Thousands of Years
The human brain is a pattern recognition engine. Thanks to evolution, humans are made to recognise problems and to find ways to solve them. By creatively recognising better ways to feed, clothe, and shelter each other, humans have societies of varying levels of wealth and prosperity.
The prosperity of human society depends upon their ability to creatively and skilfully use energy in large amounts. The summer of 2008 was a clear example of the blow to human economies when energy is priced too high, creating artificial energy scarcity. (political peak oil) Unfortunately, the governments of Europe, Australia, and the United States are united in the scheme to make energy permanently scarce. This philosophy is unsustainable -- incompatible with human prosperity or any concept of a singularity.
Brian Westenhaus has posted an excellent treatment of the molten fuel thorium reactor, and its many safety features. The "Google Talks" video above comes from Brian's article, and discusses the molten fuel thorium reactor in depth -- with pertinent comparisons to competing designs. Go check out the article in full.
Speaking of nuclear energy, be sure and visit Brian Wang's website to learn more about affordable nuclear space launch! If we can live through the age of the hyper-Luddite Obama zombie, we may just make it to the age of limitless possibilities on the other side.
Cross-posted to Al Fin Energy
Update: For much more information on the movement to implement the liquid fueled thorium reactor, see this Brian Wang NextBigFuturePost