Introduction

Global warming is harming us all.

CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere is increasing from burning fossil fuels. The consensus of scientists is that this is causing the earth’s temperature to rise, changing weather, altering climate, raising sea levels, acidifying oceans, stifling the algal birth of the ocean food chain, and melting glaciers that supply steady water for agriculture to feed us.

Yet advanced nuclear power can provide plentiful power without CO2 emissions, checking global warming.

Increasing population stresses natural resources.

The world population is growing to an estimated 9 billion people, all competing for diminishing natural resources – fresh water, oil, agricultural land, and food. The largest population growth is in the most impoverished countries, where people die young from starvation, disease, and war; and bear more children.

Yet affordable, reliable electricity is a key to economic prosperity in the developing nations, which suffer from energy poverty. Basic electric power allows modest economic prosperity, with time for women to learn, work, become independent, and make reproductive choices, leading to a sustainable population.

Cheap oil is ending.

World economies depend on oil for transportation fuels. As conventional petroleum resources dwindle, supplies are being extended by drilling deeper, in more hostile environments, refining heavy crude, and mining tar sands, at ever higher costs and ever higher CO2 emissions.

Yet powering small vehicles with electricity from nuclear power plants will reduce oil dependency. And high temperature heat from advanced nuclear reactors can synthesize substitute liquid fuels.

Air pollution kills millions.

Soot from burning coal causes respiratory illness and annually kills tens of thousands of people in the US, hundreds of thousands in China, and a million worldwide.

Yet nuclear electric power plants emit no soot.

Energy insecurity leads to conflict.

Nations lack energy security for stability and peace. Japan depends on imported liquefied natural gas for energy; the US on petroleum; France on uranium. Supply disruptions can wreck national economies.

Yet domestic thorium energy resources are sufficient for every nation to attain energy security.

Carbon taxes increase contention between rich and poor.

Tens of thousands of people attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meetings in Kyoto, Copenhagen, Tianjin, Cancun, Bangkok, Bonn, Panama, and Durban without agreements to impose carbon taxes to reduce CO2 emissions.

Yet advanced nuclear power can provide the world with energy without contentious carbon taxes or transfer payments that pit rich against poor and impair economic growth. 

Less, more expensive food will not feed more, poor people.

Malnutrition is the largest cause of death in a world population growing from 7 to 9 billion people. Food prices are increasingly unaffordable as more land is dedicated to produce biofuels such as corn ethanol.

Yet advanced high-temperature nuclear power can vastly improve land-area-to-biofuel productivity, by extracting the carbon from any biomass to synthesize hydrocarbon fuels similar to gasoline.

A market-based environmental solution.

We can solve our global energy and environmental crises straightforwardly – through technology innovation and free-market economics. We need a disruptive technology – energy cheaper than coal. If we offer to sell to all the world the capability to produce energy that cheaply, all the world will stop burning coal.

It’s as simple as that. Rely on the economic self-interest of 7 billion people in 250 nations to choose cheaper, nonpolluting energy.

Energy is about 7% of the economy. We, and especially developing nations, can not afford to pay much more for energy. Many environmentalists advocate replacing fossil fuel energy with wind and solar energy sources, blind to the fact that these are 3-4 times more costly! Global economic prosperity requires lower energy costs, not higher costs from taxes or mandated costly wind and solar sources.

THORIUM energy cheaper than coal advocates lowering costs for clean energy – a market-based environmental solution. 

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