I was in an online debate about nuclear – energy as a ( relatively ) ” safe ” alternative to fossil fuels. I’m still reading up the subject. The debate got about as hot as a nuclear core in Mt. St. Helens ! NO fuel – source is going to be 100 % fool – proof & fail – safe. Baby – boomers still have memories of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl & NOW Fukushima fresh in our memories.
Apparently molten salt reactors are VERY safe, according to 1 fellow who stood up in favor of nuclear power being clean & dependable alternatives to fossil fuels mucking with our air currents, weather patterns, heat & cold dissipation & releasing toxins that can come back & get into our water – table. Nuclear would be a FAN – DAMN – TASTIC option if it weren’t for the fact that radioactive toxins can leech into soil & water.
And then, what about nuclear – powered aircraft carriers ? Unless I haven’t done all my research, no significant problems have happened with them. But nuclear power still has a ” bogeyman ” stigma about in environmental circles discussing alternative sources. All due to ** 3 ** very unfortunate incidents. I think maybe it’s time to re – think things. That discussion was the pebble that got the avalanche a – rollin’, at least in 1 Google + thread.
Molten Salt Reactor use molten fluoride salts as primary coolant, at low pressure. Much of the interest today in reviving the MSR concept relates to using thorium (to breed fissile uranium-233)..
Source: Molten Salt Reactors