The maybe not so widely read South China Morning Post reports that China has accelerated their commitment to developing a thorium reactor:
The deadline to develop a new design of nuclear power plant has been brought forward by 15 years as the central government tries to reduce the nation's reliance on smog-producing coal-fired power stations.
A team of scientists in Shanghai had originally been given 25 years to try to develop the world's first nuclear plant using the radioactive element thorium as fuel rather than uranium, but they have now been told they have 10, the researchers said.
"In the past the government was interested in nuclear power because of the energy shortage. Now they are more interested because of smog," said Professor Li Zhong, a scientist working on the project.
The Telegraph and the Guardian in the UK picked up on this but the major US news outlets have ignored it. Somewhat understandable, since there don't seem to be any easy laughs in explaining the thorium breeding cycle and the Evil Koch Brothers aren't involved. Japan and India are also pushing on thorium, so the good news is that if the engineering problems can be solved they will be. The bad news is that the US will continue to lead from behind on this, at least until we get a new President.