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Kirk Sorensen: The Future Of Energy?
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Kirk Sorensen: The Future Of Energy?

Kirk Sorensen: The Future Of Energy?

ChrisMartensondotcom - 2017-06-19

Imagine a form of nuclear energy with greater output and virtually no safety issues. Such is the promise of liquid flouride thorium reactors (LFTRs), and we've had several past interviews with thorium expert Kirk Sorensen to discuss their potential: Kirk returns to the podcast this week to update us on the current state of thorium power. The bad news is that it still remains a theoretical concept; no operational reactor has been deployed yet -- even as a prototype. But, as Kirk details, we have good 'line of sight' on the science to build one -- so, at this point, the limiting factor is mostly funding. In a world of privately-funded space travel, such a gating obstacle shouldn't remain for long. This is one of the 'bright spots' in the technology universe that offers real promise for addressing many of the challenges presented by our global addiction to depleting, pollutive fossil fuels. Of course, perhaps humanity gaining access to an abundant source of cheap, hi-yielding energy may not be the best thing at this point -- as it will enable us to extract and consume the rest of the world's depleting resources (key minerals, water supplies, developable land, etc) at a much faster rate.