Increase the amount of alternative fuels and power sources we use instead of wood and oil
Charles Lighthipe commented
Safe energy using Thorium. It is a form of nuclear, but without the problems!!! No "China Syndrome", does not make bomb fuel or a lot of hot waste. Virtually no carbon footprint. Getting Thorium into productive use will facilitate USA mining of rare earth minerals as they are found together with Thorium. We now import rare earths (from guess who) because Federal regulation on how to handle the Thorium present in our rare earth mining.
Thorium reactor was already invented, but shut down because it could not make A-bombs. (We now have plenty of A-bombs.) Stop using boiling water reactors that require constant monitoring to avoid meltdowns. (Fukushima, Three Mile Island)
We need to restart the Thorium program. It could make electricity at low cost like coal, but without CO2.
Maybe Maine can take the lead? Or at least help get the ball rolling? (nice legacy for the Gov., right?)
Think this sounds too good to be true? Read about it at: http://thoriumenergyalliance.com/