Energy independence

Energy independence is vital to our security.  For decades we have meddled in the affairs of foreign nations in the interest of petroleum and the devastation that has resulted is sickening.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory built a  Molten-Salt reactor in 1964, ran it for five years and then Nixon simply turned it off to pursue worse technology.  Molten Salt reactors like the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) are safe, effective and will satisfy the energy demands of our 21st century lives.  We can decommission the 7000 nuclear weapons we have retired and use the fissile material to kick-start new reactors.  Keep in mind that these are the nuclear weapons we aren’t pointing at anyone.  We can take all 7000 of them away and our defensive posture is unchanged.