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The Good Reactor

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Uploaded on Apr 2, 2011

The Good Reactor. Confidence in nuclear is at an all time low. In the wake of the serial failures of cooling and containment systems at the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the public is once again being asked to re-consider the dangers of nuclear power technology. Germany has already declared a moratorium on the refurbishment of nuclear plants. Many other Western powers are following suit. Fear of nuclear is growing. So what does this mean for the long term future of energy? A half-forgotten technology from the Cold War era could have the potential to resolve the coming energy crisis, stem mankind's carbon emissions and render the covert development of nuclear weapons near impossible. This investigative documentary uncovers a varied group of global scientists, environmentalist and academics who controversially believe that thorium energy holds the key to the future of our civilisation. Could thorium, named after the Norse god of thunder be the golden ticket we've been searching for? Professors and scientists explain that our planet is thorium powered. It has been for billions of years and it will be for billions of years. Eighty percent of what powers everything under the surface from volcanoes to plate tectonics is powered by this little element. All life is dependent on thorium already and most of us have never even heard of it. Advocates say a golf ball sized amount of thorium (100g) would provide enough energy for your entire life. Brand new thorium reactor designs are the first solution to disposing of earth's man-made nuclear waste and reducing the standard half life from 10,000 years to 300 years. It has a million times more energy than coal and is three times more abundant than uranium. The Good Reactor is the brain child of two up and coming Irish film makers. With access to some of the most respected individuals in the field, this film separates fact from fiction on the green energy debate to produce surprising challenges to received wisdom. Experts explain the inadequacy of wind and solar power as well as conventional nuclear power to meet our needs. Scientists and opinion-makers from the UK and USA explain how the West is falling behind. Researchers in government-funded programs from Venezuela to private companies in Japan explain the urgency with which they are pursuing research into thorium power.

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