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Reese Palley

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Small nuclear reactors have been described as inherently safe since the late 1950s. Why are they not accepted.

In the late 1950s Alvin Weinberg and Edward Teller both described nulear reactors that are inherently safe, produce little or no waste and require refueling once every 50 years.
Reactors of this type that can fit into a suitcase have been developed by the US military.
These molten salt reactors hold the promise of repalacing fossil fuels and can be produced in their thousands the same way we produce Boeling airliners and at an even less cost.


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    Mar 19 2014: Please link to a reliable essay regarding these reactors. I'm having trouble believing such technology exists.
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      Mar 20 2014: Dear Lawren. The literature is endless. Start with Alvin Weinberg in THE FIRST NUCLEAR ERA and THE SECOND NUCLEAR ERA. Then go to the web and type in Thorium.
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        Mar 20 2014: I am aware of LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) technology. What I am waiting for you to verify are reactors that "can fit into a suitcase" and "can be produced in the thousands."

        Such technology does not exist, and I believe you're deluding yourself.

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