WHEREAS Canada is a net exporter of energy products and possesses a greater proportion of thorium to uranium;
WHEREAS alternative forms of energy are quickly gaining traction in the world’s energy economy;
WHEREAS Canadian governments have a responsibility to provide safe and clean energy solutions for Canadians;
WHEREAS nuclear experts, such as Hans Blix of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has stated that thorium based reactors are safer, almost impossible to weaponize, and are a critical element in combating our climate crisis;
WHEREAS there are less long-lived waste products (only 400-500 years rather than thousands) and thorium reactors can be easily shut down without chain reactions like those that took place in Fukushima in 2011;
WHEREAS scientists at the United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) have encouraged their government to support thorium reactors;
WHEREAS before switching to plutonium Canada had invested decades into thorium research;
WHEREAS the existing model for CANDU reactors can be modified for thorium fuel;
BE IT RESOLVED that a Liberal Government would direct the Council of Canadian Academies to study the utility of thorium-fuelled reactors;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Liberal government would direct, based on the conclusions and recommendations of the Council of Canadian Academies, investment appropriately in thorium reactors in concert with all other levels of government as part of a comprehensive plan to further develop sustainable energy solutions for Canada.
Thorium reactors are not big on my radar screen, although they have proponents. But whether you agree or disagree with the individual policy, its very much the kind of thing the LPC should be doing: lean forward on "clean energy" of any kind. Some things might work out, some won't. But the future is not in oil. And in any case the thrust of the piece is research.