Want a nuke plant but can't afford one? Call 1-800-CHINA
— By Mark Halper on January 2, 2014, 2:38 PM PST
I would be surprised if anyone would want to buy a nuclear reactor from Russia. It does seem a shame., whilst we have this breathing space, that a working Thorium reactor is not in the process of being perfected(as far as I'm aware) if we build a lot of old-style reactors, the problem of nuclear waste disposal will get bigger and bigger. So far, there has been little progress in disposal methods, whereas Thorium promises to produce much less nuclear waste.
Surely this must be the way forward?
Apart from geopolitical clout they will also gain by way of natural resources. China also happens to be India's adversary, like Pakistan. So old adage - My enemy's enemy is my friend - holds.
India unfortunately out of sheer stupidity does not pursue the Thorium fuelled nuclear power plants. It could become totally independent of western powers and solve its energy needs. It probably has the largest deposits of Thorium in the world.
Yep, we're giving the world nuclear power market away to China, Russia, S. Korea...
Good work, DoE. Those SMRs will really show 'em!
What about nuclear proliferation? I "like" the idea of China actually running it to prevent using them to breed plutonium, but that only works for "now" and I'm far less certain of the future.
What's wrong with solar/wind farms there? I would expect that the larger desert areas would provide enough sun most of the year around.
The China syndrome, indeed!
If the quality of the welds on the cooling pipes and the cold solder joints in the control electronics are anything like the crap they sell to us, the world is in serious trouble.
Going Nuclear is the wrong direction. As the others have pointed out, where are they going to get the fuel?
The United States is purchasing the last of Russia's nuclear waste from the SALT agreements.
Better start considering Thorium.
Now where is China going to get all this uranium to fuel these plants, which would be their responsibility in the operations contract? China has virtually no domestic uranium reserves.
Sooner or later the extremely toxic and highly deadly byproducts produced in reactors will find their way into regional oil exports. Undetected they will have been placed there deliberately. Proliferation is never a good idea.
I thought the British did this with oil at the turn of the century. Then the US tried it with oil too. How is that working out today? These countries must train their people so they can take over when geopolitics change.
@captainanalog Well you get what you pay for, so don't complain. BTW it is all on borrowed money anyways. China also does not want to put all the eggs in a single basket, USA !
@randolphgarrison1 Thorium reactors are also "Nuclear". The advantage being - for fluif bed design - no fissionable material to make bombs or fear of China syndrome.