Thorium has potential to overcome the energy crisisApril 2011:
This week at the European Parliament in Brussels, I certainly scored some points for common sense in a debate in my Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).
Firstly I called the European Union's biofuel policy an utter disaster. Then man-made global warming as 'non-existent', and followed this up by branding wind factories as 'Mickey Mouse technology' which wouldn't solve the world's energy crisis.
This blast of reality left the committee’s chairman Jo Leinen, an MEP for the German Social Democratic Party, and other members of ENVI lost for words. That's because they seldom hear a dissenting voice in the chamber.
This is what I had to say on the EU’s biofuels policy, which has replaced food crops with an energy-negative ethanol industry.
“This has made a lot of money for big business, but it’s forced up world food prices and is starving hundreds of thousands of people in the Third World to death.”
I then went on to criticise the European Union’s folly of blowing $100 billion on fighting the discredited pseudo science of global warming that voters regard as jst another 'a rip-off tax'.
"Just a few years ago, the global warming alarmists were telling us that we’d never see snow again in Britain. No wonder the public, who have more sense than most MEPs, reject this childish big lie."
I also made this contribution to a discussion on the energy crisis :
"There might be a solution to the world’s energy crisis, because China is proposing the use of thorium molten salt nuclear reactors.
"These are extraordinarily safe. The technology is well established. Thorium is as cheap as it is plentiful, but Europe’s thorium programmes have been destroyed by shortsighted government cuts in the UK and lobbying from the uranium lobby in France."
I finished by condemning the European Commission's ignorance of peak oil and lack of interest in the potential of thorium to overcome the energy crisis.