I had not heard of the Liquid Thorium reactor, thanks for bringing it up.
All I had heard of was the THTR-300 in the EU which has probably
given thorium a bad name over there.
It was non liquid, and had issues.
A lot of the public sees that every prior reactor type has safety issues
and thus thinks that any future type will as well.
I hope that liquid thorium can overcome that hurdle and help us
over our energy woes that are soon to get much worse.
As for wind it is helping with the issue, and it works better than you
give it credit. The central US is the Saudi Arabia of wind power,
and it will make a good 20% solution.
I agree that Solar takes up a lot of land, and I do not like photovoltaic.
I am a fan of solar thermal like the SEGs system or the power tower
with a molten salt storage.
SEGs is has been putting out 350MW for many years now.
More efficient, and no burn outs like the photovoltaics.
The sterling engine solar power devices have promise too.
I think a Thorium test reactor would be a good idea thou as
we need to prepare for all possible options and do real world
testing on all options in case they are needed.