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Thorium Nuclear Reactors: A safer alternative?


Of course, skeptics will counter that as long as there's any risk, nuclear power should be avoided. Solar panels and wind turbines can't threaten the lives of millions, so why not develop those technologies?

But those arguments will lose out to pragmatism: nuclear power's ability to consistently deliver enormous amounts of energy. The promise of thorium to reduce or eliminate the inherent risks that come with that energy is likely to outweigh any protest.