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Even if the death toll from Chernobyl is...

...over 1 million people, which is the highest estimate I've heard even from the anti-nuclear activists...It's still less than the number of people who die from breathing pollution created by fossil fuels in only 6 months.

So, even looking at the numbers from the worst case scenario, nuclear energy is safer than just about any form of energy production.

the main reason I bring up thorium reactors is to explain that if we continue to work on building safe reactors, we could actually even solve the nuclear waste problem. unlike uranium burning reactors, a thorium reactor is highly efficient and burns up almost all of the fuel. thorium reactors require a small amount of uranium in order to get them started, and this could be used to burn up the waste we've created using uranium burning reactors. We could reduce the amount of waste by a factor of several hundreds.

or we could give up on nuclear power all together, and try to figure out how we're going to store the waste we have created for the next 50,000 years.