To generate electricity for a city of 1 million people for 1 year:___Mine 3,200,000 tonnes of coal - emit 8,500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and particulates - landfill 900,000 cubic metres of toxic/radioactive fly-ash.___OR___Mine 50,000 tonnes of uranium ore - emit no greenhouse gases - produce 24 tonnes of radiotoxic 'waste'.___OR___Mine 50 tonnes of equivalent thorium ore - emit no greenhouse gases - produce 0.8 tonnes of radiotoxic 'waste'.
Start at 34:06 and watch a measured destruction of the economics of renewables. In particular, Dr Zycher's simplification of a main plank of the disciples of renewable energy - the creation of 'Green Jobs' - is soul destroying to me (as an avowed opponent of renewables) because it magnifies the idiocy of Governments worldwide, who are driven by 'experts' from Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the likes.
At 36:54, - "The Green Jobs Rationale borders on the preposterous". To paraphrase: Governments should outlaw the use of heavy equipment for digging ditches and mandate the use of an army of workers using spoons...."There is no analytic difference between inefficient ditch digging and inefficient power generation as tools with which to pursue increased employment"