One of my favorites has got to be the whole “we’re running out of uranium” thing. The truth is that uranium is not exactly a rare mineral. The reserves counted are generally those which are considered “easily recoverable” but even those are quite large compared to demand. Uranium is more common than gold, silver and many other minerals. It is possible that using the once-through PWR fuel cycle could begin to deplete known easily recoverable reserves of uranium within a century, but simple reprocessing at least triples the efficiency of the uranium cycle and use of fast spectrum reactors and breed cycles can increase the utilization of uranium from about 1% to nearly 100%. Add to that the fact that thorium is more than three times as abundant as uranium and it becomes clear that the fuel is secure for eons.
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