We need to boldly go into the uncharted energy future where no one has gone before. Climate scientists tell us that about 70% of our energy resources, currently derived from fossil fuels, need to find substitutes. For many current energy uses including,
Industrial process heat
Peak, backup and load following electricity
renewable substitution seems unlikely, and current nuclear technology is too costly and inefficient. Disruptive innovation, disruptive technology is called for.
Recenty the Reactor & Fuel Cycle Technology Subcommittee of the “Blue Ribbon Commission” wrote,
No currently available or reasonably foreseeable reactor and fuel cycle technologies including current or potential reprocess or recycle technologies have the potential to fundamentally alter the waste management challenge this nation confronts over at least the next several decade.
No blue ribbon. No ribbon at all. Look again.