When a LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) is used to extract energy from thorium, we could effectively “burn rocks” for energy.
Imagine a cube, perhaps roughly the size of a small car. In order to see the tiny amount of thorium that would be contained within the average dirt pile, we need to zoom in.
Thorium is only ~0.001% in an average pile of dirt, but it packs in so much energy, that – using LFTR, it contains the equivalent energy content of 30 times the amount of crude oil, compared to the size of the original dirt cube!
Click here if you want to see the math in detail for a cubic meter of dirt.