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North American Power Symposium 2013 test submission on thorium molten salt reactors
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The Case for Thorium Energy and Molten Salt Sciencesas Critical Innovations
Andrew M. Dodson
Electrical EngineeringUniversity of ArkansasFayetteville, Arkansasamdodson@uark.edu
Kim L. Johnson, MSChE, P.E.
Havelide Systems Inc.kimljohnson@havelide.com
Steven S. Strasburg
Steven T. Burnett
Bálint Zoltán Téglásy
Demand for energy increases in response to growthof populations, improvements in productivity, and risingstandards of living. History can be seen in terms of progressiontowards more dense sources of energy: wood, animal oil, andpeat giving way to coal, oil, and natural gas. This process mustcontinue or critical socioeconomic and environmental issues willcompound to the point of crisis. Renewable energy resources areconsidered to be an appropriate innovative step due to the lack of technical literacy by policy makers. The lack of innovationsince the inception of nuclear energy is a resultant of the desireto protect significant vested interests in the energy sector. If American society does not lead the world in the innovation anddissemination of generation and processing technologies thatwere invented in America; then current economic depressionand pollution issues will remain unaddressed and cause extremeharm to this and future generations.
Index Terms 
Economics, Environmental Factors, Molten SaltChemistry, Nuclear Power Generation, TechnologicalInnovation
Despite the best efforts of many, it may be safely said thatglobal energy policies to date have failed utterly, at least fromthe perspective of the earth sciences. Assuring that our planetremains habitable must be our ultimate metric for success; allothers are secondary. Current problems of anthropogenicclimate disruption, oceanic acidification, and pollution of freshwater sources pose threats to the continuation of our species;habitat destruction, oceanic biosphere death, and starvationrespectively. Our collective impacts on the biosphere areaccelerating, but our need is for these issues to not justdecelerate . These issues will inevitably engender widespreadcatastrophe. To what can we attribute this gross failure in policy? Most policy makers and the general public arefunctionally technologically illiterate, and thus are ill-equipped to perform critical analysis of policy issues. Inaddition, there exists a vast amount of misinformation andideological posturing making critical comparisons of proposedenergy solutions difficult. Humans are very poor at assessingrisk when the threats in question are abstract, distant in timeand space, or obfuscated by propaganda.
Affiliated with the Thorium Energy Alliance & International Thorium Energy Organization
Although these environmental threats are societal, deadly,and imminent, society does not perceive them correctly inorder to respond with appropriate solutions. Any contemplated policy responses to these global threats must occur over  periods of 20 to 60 years or more. These long time frames areirrelevant when considered from the stance of quarterly or yearly ROI, and are certainly well beyond the short politicalcycles of our leaders. Entrenched financial interests and theexcessive influence of powerful industries on the political process in most countries assure that these vested interests
guide energy policy. Indeed, the ―free market‖ allows the
financial success of the best operators, but in no way does itvalue or assure the common good.II.
 Innovations in concept have the highest impact on our  productivity, wealth, and environment of the societies inwhich we live. A current lack of innovation in IndustrialProcess concepts is preventing society from achievingtransformative solutions to socioeconomic issues. Growth of  populations and increasing standards of living conflict withthe limited nature of material resources and energy. A steady progression of marginal improvements in process efficiency provide for steady societal growth rates, but innovations thatredefine a process concept typically provide orders of magnitude of gain. If the marginal needs of world populationwere to grow at a rate beyond which the needs of the energysector could supply through marginal improvements, a crisiswill develop. In such times of crisis, innovation is indeedquite vital to avoiding significant hardships, extendedrecessions, and international turmoil over resources.Resistance to innovation typically occurs as a symptom of social market peaks transitioning to periods of decay.Investments build up as an expression of the utility of individuals increases beyond that which is marginallyutilized. This capital is cycled back into increasing utility, andover generations significant socioeconomic institutions become established, having functional authority over largesectors of our life as a society. Institutions tend to expressvalue as larger and longer term investments; typified by theenergy industry's power generation, transmission, anddistribution infrastructure. As investments in capital accrue,there is a significant disincentive to innovate, as thisrepresents significant wasted investment that must berecycled if possible into the deployment of the innovative
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