Comment: I'm no expert or anything...

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I'm no expert or anything...

...but I ran nuclear reactors when I was in the Navy back in the 90's.

I haven't watched the documentary about the African children, but I'm not sure why anyone would pay them for the stuff. Every uranium mine stacks up tons of this stuff. Thorium and uranium are many times found together, and in the process of extracting the uranium, 3 to 5 times as much thorium is also extracted. We're just not using it for anything. That's how abundant it is. We've just got it piling up.

The liquid fluoride thorium reactors can be used to reduce the amount of radioactive waste we created using uranium burning reactors because they are highly efficient. Instead of using only a small amount of the fuel, leaving behind tons of waste in the form of spent fuel rods, thorium reactors use molten salts and all but a small percentage of the fuel is burned up. This is in addition to the fact that the liquid fluoride thorium reactor fails safe with a loss of electrical power because no cooling pumps are needed. The fuel is circulated in the molten salt, so when the circulation is stopped so is the reaction. Then the fuel gravity drains down into a tank.

To find out tons of information in less than 5 minutes, google "5 minute thorium".

Liquid fluoride thorium reactors could solve our energy problems. They could also solve our nuclear waste problem. Several countries have people working on it, but the technology is still years down the road.