Cui Bono

Cui Bono is a Latin Phrase that means “who stands to gain”.  That is an important consideration when talking about nuclear power these days.  This is equivalent to asking you to “follow the money”.

Consider this, the Chicago Tribune recently reported that Japan shippers are planning to order 90 new liquified natural gas (LNG) tanker ships by 2020.  These ships are estimated to cost nearly 20 billion dollars! That is an amazing 200 million dollars each!

The article clearly states that these ships are necessary to transport LNG “to generate electricity and make up for the shortfall from the shutdown of nuclear reactors after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima facility in 2011.”

So who stands to gain from the shutdown of nuclear power in Japan? LNG shipping companies for one.  LNG producers for another.  And again the amount of money we are talking about is astronomical – tens of billions of dollars!

So next time you are tempted to think that the anti-nuclear response in Japan or anywhere else is a grass roots rational response to risks posed by nuclear power, think again!  Any organization planning to spend 20 billion dollars knows how to market and buy media coverage to insure their investments.

Also, consider that thorium fuel could be transported in a small jet. No need to spend 20 billion dollars on ships when one small jet could do the job. And a thorium shipment would only be needed every year or so at each nuclear plant.

That is because thorium is the most energy dense substance in the universe.  The energy is locked in the nucleus of the thorium atoms and is released by splitting the thorium atoms in a nuclear reactor. As the graphic (stolen from below shows, a bowling ball sized piece of thorium contains as much energy as an oil supertanker.  If you have the bowling ball, you don’t need the supertanker!

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