Billionaire friends Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have chosen the U.S. state of Wyoming to build the first Natrium reactor project, its governor said on 2 June, Reuters reported.
On Wednesday, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced that the state has partnered with TerraPower, founded by Gates some 15 years ago, and PacifiCorp, an electric utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, build a nuclear reactor at a coal plant that is retiring in seven years.
The governor of Wyoming declared, “This is our fastest and clearest course to becoming carbon negative.”
For Bill Gates, “Natrium will be a game-changer for the energy industry,” he told a press conference to launch the project in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
According to AP, the plant will be a “multi-billion dollar project” with costs to be split evenly between government and private industry, TerraPower president and CEO Chris Levesque said.
He said the plant would produce two-thirds less waste by volume than conventional nuclear plants.
But concerns about the dangers posed by nuclear power production are not minor, even for climate change activists.
While it represents ‘cleaner’ energy in terms of low carbon emissions, the two main problems that environmentalists see as potentially serious are polluting waste and discharging cooling water that harms fish.
Another issue of concern is that uranium is the key component for nuclear weapons and nuclear power.
According to The Guardian, nuclear energy experts warned in a recent report that advanced reactors could have greater risks than conventional ones.
They pointed out that the fuel for many advanced reactors would have to be enriched at a much higher rate than conventional fuel, meaning that the fuel supply chain could be an attractive target for those seeking to create a rudimentary nuclear weapon.
A similar point is made in an article published in IFL Science, which notes that the Natrium reactor is a fused sodium nuclear fission reactor, similar to those being built in China that are at the center of international concerns.
The reason is that these reactors produce more radioactive material than they consume, and among those products is plutonium. Plutonium can be used in other nuclear reactors, or countries may use it for nuclear weapons. These types of reactors are known as fast reactors.
There is no doubt that nuclear energy will be the next ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) craze, and it was only to be expected that Gates would ride this wave.
Bill Gates is lauded by leftists and globalists who seek to install the notion that the billionaire philanthropist is will “save the world” and help the planet achieve ‘zero carbon emissions.’
But despite the controversies that Gates has been generating for his extreme actions linked to the “green agenda,” such as his millionaire investment in geoengineering research to block the Sun, he was chosen by the White House to “lecture” 40 world leaders on the issue of “climate change,” which in addition to being a hotly debated topic in science, has acquired a very political perspective in recent years.
And judging by the recent rise in uranium stock prices, the market is beginning to sense where the Biden administration is headed.