|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this study is to determine whether the United States government should support the
research, development, and implementation of thorium‐based nuclear reactors as a primary supplier of
electricity for the nation. The conclusions are based on an analysis of the social, economic, and political
environment surrounding nuclear energy in the US in comparison with other countries pursuing thorium
reactor development programs. The conclusions allow for a set of policy actions based on the results of
the qualitative analysis.
This project adopts a qualitative methodology that combines historical and comparative analysis. It
includes a historical overview of nuclear power technology in the US, a cost‐benefit analysis of thorium
reactor technology in comparison with conventional and other proposed next‐generation reactors. The
social, political, and economic context in the US will has been analyzed with that of four countries—
France, Japan, India, and Brazil—that are pursuing thorium reactor development to determine whether
conditions in the US favor a strategy for continuing to develop and deploy thorium reactor technology.
Historical, political, and technical documents were reviewed to reach a determination.||en_US