Go nuclear on a wind of change

EDITOR – Mr Holligan is quite right with his promotion of Thorium as nuclear fuel.

The only thing wrong with this, which may be a touch pedantic, is the half life of Thorium (Th), which is around 14 billion years – not hundreds of years as he suggests.

This is no matter as materials with a long half life are much safer as radioactivity from them is exceptionally low. Approximately half a kilo of Thorium would be used by a person in their entire lifetime and the earth is covered in the stuff.

It is around 150-200 times more efficient than Uranium and much more abundant.

It is good that India, China and Russia are leading the way, and we should follow suit and stop throwing money away on wind turbines.

Nick Wray

Tudor Drive, Louth