As Martin notes, thorium is in great abundance in the crust of the earth. It is more resistant than uranium and is impervious to slow neutrons. India plans to add reactors powered by thorium by mid-century. Under BARC, India will embark on an ambitious thorium application nuclear power program. The Indian nuclear power program is explained at length in the book. This action makes sense for India because its population is growing in number and people are more densely concentrated. The risks of a fission nuclear power disaster to life and property are much greater.
Super Fuel is an excellent reference which explains the synergism of thorium as a viable alternative to uranium in nuclear power plant designs. In the near term, low natural gas prices could keep thorium based applications in nuclear power plants from becoming a major player in the energy market in the United States. The author should explain that cost is not the only factor. The safety of thorium based nuclear applications trump cost as an issue. Fission based plants are simply a significant danger to the public in the event of natural disasters like the power plant issues experienced after the recent tsunami in Japan. Chernobyl is yet another example of the problems inherent in fission nuclear power plants.Article first published as <a href='http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-re...per-fuel-thorium-green/'>Book Review: <i> Super Fuel: Thorium-Green Energy Source For The Future </i> by Richard Martin</a> on Blogcritics.
A Reference Article:
1. Is Thorium a Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems?, npr.org 5/4/2012, 152126805
Ira Flatow and guests discuss the pros and cons of Thorium reactors.