If Thorium Is A Better Alternative To Uranium, Why Don't We Use It?!

If Thorium Is A Better Alternative To Uranium, Why Don't We Use It?!

Nuclear power generates 5% of the world's energy, and 10% of the world's electricity. Right now, uranium dominates the nuclear power market-but is there a better, safer alternative? Many argue that thorium is the answer. It is three times more abundant, creates less radiation, and creates less waste than uranium. So, why aren't we using it? Though many have been advocating for thorium usage for decades, conspiracy theorists believe that it's being ignored because it's just not dangerous enough. Uranium creates weaponizable material when it is processed; thorium does not.

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from Stuff They Don't Want You To Know - HowStuffWorks

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    The element thorium could power nuclear power plants, and it is easier to find, creates less radiation, and creates less waste than uranium. (1:00)

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