I don’t know much about them except some things I’ve read on news.
AFAIK conceptually what RR is suggesting is still same old nuclear power just smaller, “so we can iterate on build processes and improve efficiency/costs”
I don’t have a problem with neither the “small” nor the “big” uranium reactors, which are the only road to a carbon neutral world. Having said that, all uranium reactors will still have “hey what about Chernobyl?” effect.
Funny thing is thorium reactors are not science fiction, they are rather possible but needs huge investment until “we crack the code”
If there is a breakthrough in thorium reactors, which will be a complete game changer and solve our energy problems for any foreseeable future. (until we are advanced enough harvest solar energy by building a dyson sphere) but there is virtually no work is done towards this, as it is sorely expensive, and no private company will experiment in such a risky task.
I wish Germany and some other major EU states were investing in R&D over this, rather than burning their money on solar panels, that’ll contribute nothing to the energy solution for a couple of years (a decade? 2 decades) before ending up in landfill.
but solar panels gets votes, nuclear is evil these days so…
edit: maan, I’m so bad at writing, read my post again and it’s all over the place