This is a page “in progress”, as I start from the title question, and seek the originators of the thorium propaganda, and the motives of the various groups and individuals who promote thorium propaganda.
This is not necessarily in chronological, or indeed in any special order (at the moment).
Still – it all seems to start with the Alvin Weinberg, former Director of Research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (ORNL) and a great enthusiast for Molten Salt Reactors ( thorium fuel cycle breeder reactor nuclear power plants).
The Propagandists Pro thorium propaganda is prolific, on the Internet, on Youtube, on Social Media. Although not much is actually happening in thorium reactor development, there’s an awful lot of media about it. The propaganda comes from surprisingly few sources.
The Alvin Weinberg Foundation should not be confused with the genuinely charitable Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
Pro Thorium lobby Alvin Weinberg Foundation in UK has managed to make itself out as a charity! “the world’s only charity dedicated to advocating for next generation nuclear energy “ Baroness Bryony Worthington Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change in the Lords joined The Alvin Weinberg Foundation in mid 2011 and established the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thorium Energy in February 2012. John Durham; physicist, technologist and CEO of the Foundation. Parliamentary Officer, Neil Endicott is the primary contact and coordinator of the UK Parliament’s Thorium Energy All Party Group (APPG). He has worked in UK and EU energy policy for the last six years.
Thorium propagandists (not in any special order here)
Pro-nuke propaganda website: Nuclear Matters: – personnel are:
- Evan Bayh Former United States Senator and former Governor of Indiana,
- Judd Gregg Former United States Senator and former Governor of New Hampshire
- Spencer Abraham – Former United States Secretary of Energy and former United States Senator
- Vicky Bailey – Former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and former Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs of the United States Department of Energy
- Carol M. Browner – Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and former Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy
- Bill Daley – Former United States Secretary of Commerce and former White House Chief of Staff
- Edwin D. Hill – President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
- Blanche Lincoln – Former United States Senator
- Sean McGarvey – President of the North America’s Building Trades Unions
- David Wright – Former President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and Chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC)
Robert Hargraves, connected with Flibe Energy
Gordon McDowell is a very skilful video maker, who specialises in thorium nuclear propaganda. http://thoriumremix.com/th/ He may or may not be paid by industry to do this. I suspect that he is paid.
The Breakthrough Institute looks like a genuine environmental lobby, but in fact advocates little action on greenhouse gases, and acts as a subtle pusher for fossil fuels and nuclear energy
Transatomic Power company – molten salt reactors Staff: Dr. Leslie Dewan, nuclear engineer, Mark Massie, nuclear engineer, Ray Rothrock , investment expert, Wendolyn Holland, energy expert, Russ Wilcox, nuclear engineer. Advisors – Dr. Todd Allen nuclear engineer, Dr. Michael Corradini, president of the American Nuclear society, Dr. Benoit Forget, nuclear engineer, Dr. Jess Gehin, nuclear engineer, Dr. Richard Lester, nuclear scientist, Dr. Regis Matzie, physicist
The Twitterati – motives uncertain. There is a constant stream of pro thorium propaganda 24 hours a day, under the hashtag #thorium, from a relatively few tweeters. I’m not clear on where these tweets originate. Some look like the work of “bots” – automatically released, usually in response to anything anti-nuclear that might appear on that hashtag.
Many tweets are aimed at discrediting the science on ionising radiation, and promoting quack science anbout radiation being “good for you“, and “bananas being a more dangerous sources of radiation” than nuclear fission is.These tweets consist of endlessly repeated advertisements for thorium nuclear reactors, most often in the form of youtube links to advertising from a thorium company, or to the nuclear advertising film “Pandora’s Promise”.
Probably, analysis over time will shed light on the sources and motivations of these tweeters.
Dr. Baldev Raj, former director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) and now the chairman of National Institute of Technology, is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAC) for ThEC13.
IThEO International Thorium Energy Organisation. They say they are non profit. Very cagey about membership and sponsors.
Thor Energy Staff Founder Dr. Alf Bjørseth, CEO Øystein Asphjell CEO . Chief Technology Officer Julian Kelly, PhD, VP Research & Development Klara Insulander Björk, VP Research & Development Saleem Drera, PhD, VP Business Development Lise Chatwin Olsen, General Counsel Linda Helland, CFO Martin Loftesnes, VP Communications
Board of Directors. Dr. Alf Bjørseth, Chairman, Chairman of Scatec
Linda Helland, General Counsel of Scatec
Bård Bergfald, Principal Bergfald miljørådgivere
Christian Ringnes, CEO of Eiendomsspar
Trevor Blench, Chairman of Steenkampskraal Thorium Ltd.
Pro thorium tweeters, (in no particular order)
marcelina @Thorium_232 Sparkling Dude @themoneyweek possibly Canadian. Into technology in a big way Gus Rawles @gusrawles – big on technology.
Anti-thorium tweets. these are nearly always from me, tweeting mainly as @ChristinaMac1, but also in specifically anti-thorium tweets, as NO Thorium @no_thorium. Very occasionally, – not me – Observation Island @observationisle
I’m disappointed that the anti-nuclear movement is largely ignoring the thorium push – knowing that it hasn’t really got any traction at present.