posted on Feb, 19 2018 @ 05:36 PM
The comment about the increase in energy demand is a valid point, I see how many homes consume much more electricity than in those days though I would
wager a guess that there are many that don't consume a whole lot more than back then, I think it is mainly the middle class families (with kids in the
house) where we see the highest usage in homes.
I remember seeing some pricing for industrial electricity usage in the last few years and was amazed at the pricing. I think it may have dropped
lower than 2 cents per Kwh in off peak hours and maybe mid 3's during day/peak times. This is places that use something like 1,000 - 100,000 homes
worth of electricity at a time.
As far as I've seen from the research on current nuclear options, it seems that Thorium is a solid technology that has abundant and safe fuel (and
waste), and the plants can be scaled to smaller units such as factory units, city/county/municipality units and even portable units for military
applications like powering bases. From what I read there was something like ~200 years worth of uranium available at the peak usage of nuclear energy
but there was 4-4.5x the amount of thorium available and there was some factor (whether efficiency or new mining prospects) which may increase the
available amounts to 6-7x the remaining proven uranium reserves.
Since the paper on the amount of uranium was published, there has been a number of reports of the potential vast finds of uranium in some regions I
can't remember and I think it may have been Afghanistan or Kazhakistan and possibly Chile & Peru area, and possibly Somolia. When I heard these
stories, they were always linked to stories about land conflicts after companies prospected and the results were always kind of nebulous and the
findings were of the minerals usually found along with uranium, so it was never confirmed, but uranium's close friends were reported to have been
found and they reported that they expected to find uranium if they did proper searching. The one find, which I believe was in Afghanistan, was fairly
large, covering a very large area, much larger than the area where it is mined in Australia. I would say that these reports have been in the last 10
years, maybe 15 - if anyone remembers hearing these or anything related, I'd be interested to hear what you remember and also what people think or
know about Thorium reactors.