Bill Gates is trying to advance next-generation, safe, clean, stable nuclear reactors. In, of course…China. Because we don’t need such stuff here in the States.
But prepare for a startling admission! Your host’s B.S. detector isn’t 100% accurate. It’s actually “nine nine point…lots of nines”. Here was my red flag:
…a Generation IV nuclear reactor that can run on depleted uranium.
“Depleted uranium” reactor smells of cold fusion to me. But lo and behold! The “travelling wave reactor” appears legitimate. Of course, as I knew, it couldn’t be just a depleted uranium reactor. Wiki states,
The reactor is fueled primarily by depleted uranium, but requires a small amount of enriched uranium or other fissile fuel to initiate fission.
Still, here’s yet another elegant advance on our forty-and-fifty year old reactor designs. (Don’t forget those doddering old relics have yet to kill one single person with radiation. What’s coal’s record over that time?)
In a minimally sane world all major power grids would run off nuclear power. Gas powered vehicles make sense, but burning hydrocarbons for electricity is nuts.