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  1. 1. A Presentation by Jim Shaver Logansport, IN <br />Music: “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire<br />Thank you to Kirk Sorensen for refueling the energy from Thorium issue.<br />Thank you to Wired Magazine for publishing “The New Nuke” by Richard Martin in their January issue.<br />This article piqued my interest in Thorium and inspired me to attempt to raise awareness of the safe nuclear alternative.<br />
  2. 2. THORIUM<br />The Safe Nuclear Fuel<br />
  3. 3. Thorium, named after the Norse God of Thunder, is only slightly radioactive and could be carried in your pocket all day with no risk.<br />Raw Thorium<br />
  4. 4. Yucca Mountain Repository<br />We currently have 52,000 tons of nuclear waste stored in the U.S., which will have to be stored and guarded for a few hundred thousand years.<br />
  5. 5. Thorium Reactor<br />Thorium breaks down so efficiently during the process of being used as fuel that only miniscule amounts of waste are left behind which only need to be stored for a few hundred years. Thorium reactors have zero chance of a meltdown and reactor byproducts are virtually impossible to weaponize!<br />
  6. 6. Three Mile Island <br />The entire world was alarmed during the partial meltdown of Three Mile Island in 1979! <br />
  7. 7. Chernobyl today<br />The world was horrified and affected in April 1986 with the full blown meltdown of Chernobyl!<br />
  8. 8. Chernobyl’s Legacy<br />To this day the world is seeing the consequences of that nuclear disaster !<br />
  9. 9. 03/12/2011Fukushima, Japan<br />We now know what effect a double punch from Nature can have. The Japanese were as prepared as they could possibly be but they are still experiencing at least partial meltdowns in multiple reactors.<br />Now, while the worlds attention is focused on nuclear power, is the time to make it known to our leaders that it is time to switch over to the safer Thorium fuel.<br />
  10. 10. Before / After<br />
  11. 11. Fukushima EvacueesTheir future, and their children’s, remains to be seen.<br />
  12. 12. They were wrong then but it is not too late to correct it now!<br />Alvin Weinberg and his team proved the effectiveness of Thorium at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory with hundreds of tests from 1955 through the early 70’s. In 1965 Weinberg and his team built a working reactor. <br />The U.S. government decided in the late 60’s to not go with Thorium strictly because it can not be weaponized like Uranium can. Their reasoning? We were in a cold war with the Soviet Union and the head of the U.S. nuclear program, Hyman Rickover, wanted the Plutonium produced by Uranium fueled reactors for weapons.<br />Being extremely abundant, existing Thorium supplies could power the U.S. for a 1,000 years. With no chance of a meltdown!<br />
  13. 13. Capitol Hill<br />There are currently 3 Thorium related bills working their way through the Congress including the Senate’s Thorium Energy Independence and Security Act of 2009.<br />
  14. 14. It’s Up To You<br />The Thorium Energy Independence and Security Act of 2009 could be the single most important piece of legislation in the history of the United States and the World! We need this document to come to life and work with other nations on this global Manhattan project. We can retrofit all of our nuclear power plants and have 50 new ones up by 2020.<br />What is needed is for each of us to write or call our Senators, Congressmen, local, state, and federal government officials. Send an email to the Department of Energy and President Obama demanding support for and passage of Thorium related bills.<br />
  15. 15. LocalContacts<br />Representative Joe Donnelly- 202-225-3915<br />Senator Dan Coats – 202-224-5623<br />Senator Richard Lugar – 202-224-4814<br />Email President Obama at: or<br />
  16. 16. More Contacts<br />For Members of the Senate only go to:<br /> then select Senators to find yours<br />For contact information on the President, Senators, and Representatives go to:<br /> Upon entering your zip code you also get info on your state representatives <br />Department of Energy / Secretary of Energy via email at:<br /><br />
  17. 17. For more information on Thorium go to:<br /><br /><br />www.thoriumenergyalliance@<br /> OR<br />Plan on attending the Thorium Energy Alliance ‘s 3rd annual Future of Energy Conference being held on Thursday May 12th 2011 in Washington, D.C. at the Top of the Hill Conference Center. <br />
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