Thurman Cooper of Pasco-Kennewick Rotary was our speaker this week.   Cooper is an expert on nuclear energy and a member of Columbia Consulting Group.  He stated that 70% of our energy comes from carbon sources eg.  Coal, oil and natural gas.  When one considers the impact of wind and solar, it is negligible.  Nuclear energy is not understood and most think of the Light Water Reactors (LWR) when one mentions nuclear.  There are other forms available.  One options Thurman recommends is Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs).  MSR’s use molten fluoride salts as primary coolant, at low pressure. This itself is not a radical departure when the fuel is solid and fixed. But extending the concept to dissolving the fissile and fertile fuel in the salt certainly represents a leap in lateral thinking relative to nearly every reactor operated so far.  MSR’s are safe, cheaper to build and require only 20% of the personnel of conventional reactors.