Why Nuclear? This is the question I will answer, and I hope that it will be convincing for you.
Check this out: A piece of thorium the size of this rock in my hand can provide all your energy needs for your entire lifetime.
That’s right, energy for your entire lifetime; transportation, domestic heating and cooling, domestic hot water, lighting and electricity from a piece of thorium the size of this rock. Compare that with the truckloads and truckloads and truckloads of coal, oil and gas you will need for a lifetime using current energy technologies
By the way, Thorium is a fairly abundant element, as common as lead and it can be burned in a molten salt reactor.
How is this possible? It’s the physics! The combustion of fossil fuels (coal, oil, & gas) releases chemical energy from the electrons of the carbon and hydrogen when it combines with oxygen from the air. This energy is measured in electron volts per reaction and has served humanity pretty well.
However, when certain heavy elements are split (fissioned) in a nuclear reactor, energy from the nucleus is released, and it is measured in millions of electron volts per reaction – millions of times more energy is released per pound as compared with burning fossil fuels. This is why a small amount of thorium, that I can hold in my hand, can provide energy for my entire lifetime.
As billions of people in Asia and Africa improve their lives and start using lots of fossil fuel, the price of gas and oil will rise world-wide. If the Peak Oil folks are right about us running out of oil, we need to deploy molten salt nuclear reactors to provide us energy for the future.
You can learn more about thorium molten salt reactors here.