I have two books open at this time. After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre and Super Fuel by Richard Martin.
Some of you might appreciate both but because fuel/energy is a hot topic today the book Super Fuel; Thorium, The Green Energy Source For The Future is good news for discussion.
Short note from the book to start the discussion; "The more I learn about the lost history of thorium.......the more astonished and outraged I became. Here was an inexpensive, safe, abundant energy source that could power every city on earth, with enough left over for hundreds of millions of electric vehicles, for several millennia. And we are sitting on it, essentially doing nothing."
I have another book shows mineral deposits of North America and there are rich deposits of thorium all over the USA.
Here is a list of many failed or near failed green energy companies that have received tax payer dollars the past several years. Today, green energy supplies less than 1/2% of the total power used by the United States... maybe we should have built a Thorium Reactor instead. China is in the process of building the first.
Take a look at the list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies that have funded the past few years.
1.Evergreen Solar ($24 million)
3.Solyndra ($535 million)
4.Beacon Power ($69 million)
5.AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
6.Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
7.SunPower ($1.5 billion)
8.First Solar ($1.46 billion)
9.Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
10.EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)
11.Amonix ($5.9 million)
12.National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
13.Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
14.Abound Solar ($374 million)
15.A123 Systems ($279 million)
16.Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
17.Johnson Controls ($299 million)
18.Schneider Electric ($86 million)
19.Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
20.ECOtality ($126.2 million)
21.Raser Technologies ($33 million)
22.Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)
23.Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)
24.Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)
25.Range Fuels ($80 million)
26.Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)
27.Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)
28.LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)
29.UniSolar ($100 million)
30.Azure Dynamics ($120 million)
32.Vestas ($50 million)
33.LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
34.Nordic Windpower ($16 million)
35.Navistar ($10 million)
36.Satcon ($3 million)
It amounts to billions of dollars of wasted taxpayer money.