BEIJING (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates confirmed Wednesday he is in discussions with China to jointly develop a new and safer kind of nuclear reactor.

“The idea is to be very low cost, very safe and generate very little waste,” said the billionaire during a talk at China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Gates said he had largely funded a Washington state-based company, TerraPower, that is developing a Generation IV nuclear reactor that can run on depleted uranium. TerraPower says it has discussed its plans with India, Russia and other countries with nuclear energy programs.

The general manager of state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation, Sun Qin, was quoted in Chinese media last week saying Gates was working with it to research and develop a reactor.

“TerraPower is having very good discussions with CNNC and various people in the Chinese government,” said Gates, cautioning the talks were at an early stage.

Gates says perhaps as much as a billion dollars will be put into research and development over the next five years.

TerraPower says its traveling wave reactor would run for decades on depleted uranium and produce significantly smaller amounts of nuclear waste than conventional reactors.

“All these new designs are going to be incredibly safe,” Gates told the audience. “They require no human action to remain safe at all times.”

He said they also benefit from an ability to simulate earthquake and tidal wave conditions. “It takes safety to a new level,” he said.

Since leaving Microsoft Corp., Gates has concentrated on philanthropy and advocating on public health, education and clean energy issues. He is an investor and strategic adviser to TerraPower.

Gates was at the Ministry of Science and Technology to talk about a joint project between China and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support innovative research and development to help alleviate poverty.

Gates said the ministry will help identify entrepreneurs and companies to manufacture new products in global health and agriculture to “change the lives of poor people,” including new vaccines and diagnostics and genetically modified seeds.

“China has a lot to contribute because it’s solved many of the problems of poverty, not all of them but a lot of them, itself, and many Asian, south Asian and African countries are well behind, whether it’s agriculture or health,” said Gates.

No specific poverty alleviation projects were mentioned.

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Comments (177)
  1. Denbo says:

    Sure hope the Nuke plant doesn’t run Windows

    1. Joe Doakes says:

      Very funny.

      This is good news though. We want the best minds working on the toughest challenges. Not on a global warming hoax or any other such nonsense.

      And another thing. China and America used to be the best of friends.

      Back then they weren’t Communist.

      What better way to guide them further away from communism then engage them.

      1. Denbo says:

        A better question is why not build it in the USA with American workers?

      2. Tom says:

        Denbo: NIMBY is why. The US hasn’t allowed a new nuclear reactor to be built in DECADES. This type of project must either be carried out where there is minimal government interference (which is no-where on Earth now, sadly), or in a place where the government encourages such things. Obstructionist governments like ours make it impossible. That is the REAL reason “American” jobs have been “flowing overseas”. If there was no stable at least quasi-capitalist society abroad, most of those jobs simply would have disappeared, and the goods they made would not be available anywhere.

      3. DID YOU KNOW?? says:

        The LAST thing this world needs is more nuclear power !!

        Don’t buy into their nuclear lies !

        Nuclear is not clean. It is filthy.

        Nuclear power plants spew dangerous radiation into the environment every day and it’s allowed!

        That radiation ends up in YOUR milk and water and air !!

        Japan had 3 nuclear meltdowns in March and the radiation is all over the place!

        Plus they’re dumping radiation into the Pacific Ocean !

        Do you want that to happen in the U.S.?

        You can learn more at

        No, this is not spam. It’s an excellent website to learn how the United States and the world is being destroyed by radiation from nuclear.

        And here’s a great article about the radiation from Japan’s 3 nuclear meltdowns that was FOUND IN THE UNITED STATES:

      4. By_The_Beard_of... says:

        Thorium Nuclear Reactor. Sounds safer (than Uranium reactor), cheaper (than Uranium), and will never result in a meltdown. It’s the shizzle fo’ sheezy.

      5. Jon says:

        the sad part is China is open to new and innovative ideas with existing technologies that work! We’ll take an American Billionaire and have him develop a better nuclear power plant. This is something this administration won’t allow in the US. Apparently the Chinese communists are more concerned about energy independence than our environmental communists.

      6. VladTheImpaler says:

        A lot of earlier comment show the ignorance of environmental extremists regarding nuclear energy. How much radiation is concentrated in waste from coal burning plants? LOTS! And, it is exposed to rain and weather.

        Do the homework.

        We need to explore the pebble bed reactor – I think China is already doing this. The environmental extremists need to move elsewhere or THEY will destroy, America, and NOTnuclear energy.

      7. IVillageIdiot says:


        Three reasons:

        1. POLITICS- Dems aren’t Nationalistic, they view nations and the belief in nations as a sin. To PROVE you’re not a sinner, you are required to stab your own country in the eye regulaly and help the other country that is trying to destroy your own in so far as it is humanly possible. You see,… we’re all simply human beings and there is no difference between us and them, especially the Communists! It’s like fire-walking or talking in tongues,… you do it to prove your faith’s legitimacy and supremacy,… a devotional of sorts.

        2. NIMBY. The US is “run” by a multitude of governments and courts. NONE OF THEM WANT TO BUILD ANYTHING ANYMORE…. it only creates more problems and unbalances the status quo. (And… a bunch of them are run by Dems!). Gates is trying to accomplish a few things before his time on this planet is up, sooooo….. he’s going where the possibility of accomplishment is more reasonable, not futile as is the case here in the USA. It wasn’t always this way of course, but unfortunately… it is now. He has to live in the here-in-now and the clock is ticking.

        3. MONEY- Its incredibly expensive to do ANYTHING here in the USA. Once you factor in the political contributions, court costs, marketing to sell the idea to the public and thereby keep the political whackos (i..e. the Socialist and Communists) suppressed takes a PILE of money, AND… don’t forget the lawyer’s fees! These factors don’t even counting the building costs; it’s MUCH cheaper to build elsewhere when you factor in union wages, strikes, material costs and all hidden fees and taxes, AND all the capricious codes and permits that have to be bludgeoned through the system, it simply costs MORE to do here in the US. He not dumb, and you can’t blame him for wanting to achieve with the time he has remaining. Going to China means he’ll have a chance of making it happen and it WILL cost less. HE DOES KNOW MONEY….

        Unfortunately, these are the realities we have allowed to constrain our society. Too many idiots with equal say and enough money to pay hungry lawyers that could give a hoot where it all leads as long as they get paid, and not enough thinkers.

        Not to fret though, we have given our health care over to the same government that could keep the post office running on time for the last 40-50 years and so our life span should start to shrink and we won’t have to deal with it for very much longer.


    2. Chris says:

      Windows has encountered an error, if you where in the middle of cooling the reactor we are sorry. You might destroy a town and kill thousands of people.

      1. bumpkin says:

        Chris, at least he is trying! What are U doing about nuclear power’s safety problem???

      2. ts says:

        Where is that darn any key?

      3. Anon says:

        You’re right! Japan’s 3 nuclear meltdowns in March is all over Japan, in their food, rice, cattle, water, air, milk…and it was found in the United States!

        Nuclear is not clean. Nuclear is not green.

        It uses so much of our clean water in the world and it’s heating the water which is heating the atmosphere!

        Please don’t believe anyone who says nuclear is safe.

        Nuclear is a nightmare!

      4. Chris says:

        bumpkin I was trying to be funny, I actually want more nuke power. Sorry I am a programer and I thought that comment of mine was funny.

      5. BSOD says:

        Chirs it was funny, bumpkin is just a no life looser

    3. chipgiii says:

      Systems says: “shut down, and reboot.”

      1. NO TO NUCLEAR says:

        Nuclear power plants release dangerous radiation like:

        CESIUM 137

        IODINE 131

        into YOU environment.

        That radiation can cause CANCER.

        Higher incidents of leukemia in children who live around nuclear power plants!

        It’s a dirty little secret of the nuclear industry!

        And billions and billions of your taxdollars go to BUILD, MAINTAIN AND CLEAN UP AFTER NUCLEAR power plants!

        But the nuclear plant owners get all of the PROFIT !!

        Stop being duped!

        So NO to nuclear!

    4. Jimbo says:

      Hopefully it isnt built like the xbox 360 was!

      1. Bezzlebubba says:

        The red ring of death could take on a whole new meaning.

    5. CaptainObvious says:

      Why doesn’t he develop the new technology here in the USA?

      Oh yeah, we tax, regulate and otherwise villify anyone who wants to develop anything new in this country. The “solution” is to outlaw lightbulbs and pray to Gaia for wind power.

      1. Velton says:

        Yes, nuclear regulation is bad…. Corporations will run nuke plants as safely as possible… at least until the end of the quarter.

        You know how demanding those shareholders can be…

    6. Mr. Dangle says:

      Nuclear reactions generate heat. This heat is used to create steam from water, which then powers turbines that create electricity. The byproduct of this is nuclear waste. Or do people think nuclear power is somehow pumped into their homes? Don’t answer that, they probably do.

      How can we recreate this process without the waste? Drill through the crust of the earth (yes, we can do this) and when we hit the hot stuff, pump seawater in. The result is steam. Use that to power the turbines, and you have cheap, clean, essentially unlimited energy.

      There are many more solutions. I’ll take a pass on the nuclear option.

      1. Tyler says:

        Your quote: “How can we recreate this process without the waste? Drill through the crust of the earth (yes, we can do this) and when we hit the hot stuff, pump seawater in”

        “The Earth’s internal heat comes from a combination of residual heat from planetary accretion (about 20%) and heat produced through radioactive decay (80%).[2] The major heat-producing isotopes in the Earth are potassium-40, uranium-238, uranium-235, and thorium-232.”
        From: /

        And you want to just dump seawater down there???… sounds like more ionizing radiation would be released through your method than with current reactors.(Think of how much ionizing radiation must be down there to keep the earth so hot.)

        Second:The deepest drilled hole to date is the Kola borehole “The Kola borehole penetrated about a third of the way through the Baltic continental crust”… where it is only 300 C.

        Sounds to me like you really haven’t thought out your idea much. Please.

    7. Daniel Love says:

      You do know this is a BIG GOVERNMENT funded program. Just like America is “picking a winner” with ethanol, China is “picking a winner” with this nuclear technology. So your praising China for being BIG GOVERNMENT.

      You single ticket voters pick a side when its politically convenient, not when it’s moral.

    8. dano says:

      Hell, I hope it works better than windows, otherwise it WILL crash

    9. Ron Smith says:

      Yeh, It would give a whole new meaning to the term ‘BSOD’ Blew Screen Of Death…

    10. FRANK HULBERT JR says:

      When we trust China in joint construction of nuclear power plants reactors China will cause United States of America glow in the dark. Bill Gates should keep his ideas in America! Wake up America we are being sold out to China.

  2. fishfinder911 says:

    So he went fro building computers to nukes? I think he should be placed on a leash

    1. Gandalf says:

      Placed on a leash ?!? What, are you a communist, or fascist? The man is a true American industrialist. Leave him alone and get out of his way, or compete fairly with him.

      1. NOPE says:

        The ‘man’ is gov’t owned. Remember the Microsoft monopoly suit years ago…. hmm.. quietly went away didn’t it….

      2. willbur says:

        there is no fair competition in this society anymore. Whats your address in bizaro world?

      3. spongebob says:

        I wouldn’t want the operating system his company created running any nuclear reactor. Bill Gates is no innovator. His former company has been playing catch up for many years now. I don’t think he has what it takes to come up with anything innovative.

      4. Woopsy says:

        I like cheese.

  3. Gil says:

    Got rid of the problems with poverty. Has the fool gone into the rural farmin area. They are required to have permission to go into the prosperous cities. Why doesn’t he work with MIT or other american universities. It shows how much he values the users of the products he brought to market. Aren’t about 80% of Chinese software in use pirated

  4. apinchofsalt22 says:

    most nuclear technology is stuck in the 1970s. 40+ years of sitting on our hands because of a bunch of tree huggers. $40 billion dollars of research over that 40 years…it would not only be the safest form of energy, but the world energy problems would have been solved Now thats green!



      Just ask Japan if nuclear energy is safe! After Japan’s 3 nuclear meltdowns, radiation was found all over Japan…as far away as Tokyo! And as far away as in the United States…in our air, milk and water !!

      Radiation is in Japan’s air, food supply, water and they’re dumping radioactive water into the Pacific ocean.

      Japanese children wear radiation detectors to school and are fed school lunches with radiation in the food!

      Stop pushing a deadly and dangerous technology!

      Nuclear is the WORST, MOST DANGEROUS energy ever invented.

      30 TONS of high-level nuclear waste is generated by each 1000-megawatt nuclear power plant and NO ONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH IT !

      There are over 400 nuclear power plants in the world generating tons and tons of nuclear waste that will be around for 240,000 years !

      Who is going to be around to keep an eye on that nuclear waste for 240,000 years!

      NUCLEAR energy is a nightmare.

      No insurance company will insure it, so YOUR TAX DOLLARS pay to insure nuclear power plants. But, YOUR home is not insured for a nuclear incident!

      People in Japan lost everything!

      1. RationalThinker says:

        ….actually Terrapower wants to use that 30 tons of depleted uranium.

      2. Conservative Abroad says:

        “radiation was found all over Japan … as far away as Tokyo!”

        Nutcase.. Tokyo is only 150 miles from Fukushima, practically next door and I live 50 miles farther and we all are perfectly safe. The evacuation area is 10 miles and it’s being cleaned up right now.

        I’ve stood directly underneath where the Atomic Bomb “Fat Man” exploded (you figure out where) and that was an effort to actually cause radiation damage and there isn’t any 60 years later so your 240,000 year mark is a little off also.

        Lastly, of the people that were radiated and survived the bombings, twice as many (per capita) were alive 60 years later than the similar age group in America. Maybe it’s not as deadly as the alarmists proclaim.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Terrapower can “want” to use the uranium all it wants, but it can’t.

      It’s still untested and probably as dangerous as MOX fuel they’re trying to use.

      It’s all smoke and mirrors with the nuclear industry. It’s always lies to the public and money in their pockets.

  5. JGreen says:

    So true and so sad. How little the public knows or cares to know about the potential behind Fast Breeder Reactors and a Closed Fuel Cycle along with other Gen IV technologies is astounding.

    1. Guest says:

      Benefit from a fast breeder?

      What a joke!

      Stop peddling nuclear propaganda.

      The fast breeder went out of control in tests, didn’t it?

      That’s all we need is more nuclear power plants out of control !

  6. POWER MONGER says:

    Proves: “People with power, want more power” “People with money want to be people with power”

  7. John Vlisides says:

    Makes the “Blue Screen of death” phrase a little more scary

    1. Chris Lynch says:

      lol, I was thinking the same thing

  8. Craig Pitt says:

    “TerraPower says it has discussed its plans with India, Russia and other countries with nuclear energy programs.”
    Again and again, other countries are leading the way on things that will improve economic conditions and quality of life. Major infrastructure and technology projects are a thing of our past here in the US. Sometimes our government’s incompetence and lack of interest in our future is so blatant, it makes me wonder if they’re knowingly selling us up a river. Trillions are being extracted through our banking system, they do nothing. Millions streaming over the border, depressing our wages and taking the jobs that young men used to do for a livable wage, nothing. We are bleeding. Please look into Ron Paul’s plan to end the Fed.

    1. JoePublic says:

      Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

    2. Tommy in Chicago says:

      OMG, this one is a live one. He is a Ron “Squeaky Old Man” Paul fan too …. OY.

      1. mac says:

        I am a Ron Paul believe (fan), what’s it to you? stinky (coming from Chicago I am not surprised by your comment!)

      2. WhatAboutBob says:

        Who’s cool aid are you drinking? No don’t tell me you live in Al Capone’s city!

    3. Conservative Abroad says:

      I agree with you Craig, unfortunately, the Libertarians want open borders. That’s a turn off for me.

      The Eco-terrorists and biased scientists have scared people so much about Nuclear Power it’s disgusting.

      This accident should show how safe Nuclear Power is. A 40 year old reactor, was hit by 2 of the worst natural disasters in 100 years at the same time and how many people were killed by radiation…….. 0.

      Do any of these alarmists have anything that works after 40 years let alone that would stand up to being dropped 2 feet?

      40 years later we have technology that would make a reactor shut down and stay safe if anything happened even worse than Fukushima and that can run off spent fuel, yet the Eco-Terrorists want to take the world back to the stone age.

  9. Mike says:

    i believe this is technically treason… gates should be charged accordingly!

    1. ciscon says:

      so should all democrats or independents that believed obamas hope and change—in any case they should lose their voting rights untill competency evaluation for voting against their own and the countrys well-being.

  10. KM says:

    Glad that he is concerned about China, Russia, India and other countries, we, the US, surely don’t have no need for emerging technologies to make nuclear power saver and cheaper.

  11. Mark Fenton says:

    Gates will grovel to anyone with Power. The man would sell his soul for a buck. Remember Pirates of Silicon Valley

    1. VladTheImpaler says:

      He save Steve Jobs and APPLE! FOR FREE!

  12. Shane says:

    Sooo what happens when they do updates on the software? Is a city going to be without power while the thing reboots?

  13. koegirl says:

    What a hypocrite!!! Stand up against our President OBOZO and tell him and his greenies how nuclear power will benefit OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE. Instead, line ObOZO’S POCKETS for another election and fly off to China to help those commies acquire what we aren’t allowed to have. What a patriot!!

    1. James raider says:

      . . . . A rather accurate observation.

  14. Massimo Deportado says:

    NWO is not happening fast enough for Gates or Soros.

    They deserve each other.

  15. David B says:

    It must suck to have 50 billion and still have to buy your friends.

  16. Craig Pitt says:

    Obama is an easy enough scapegoat, if it makes you sleep better to have such an easily identifiable enemy.
    The truth is, it’s all of them. That’s why Gates has to go to other world powers to pitch this technology. Should he just sit on it until our government becomes functional and starts looking out for our interests again? He will die waiting. He is a capitalist, not a nationalist commy. So YES, he is going to go where they will deploy his ideas. BG has given away a lot of money, and made some really positive initiatives regarding Rich people giving back. I don’t agree with everything he does, but I think he’s doing good things.

    1. WhatAboutBob says:

      Kudos to you Craig Pitt! Very few politicians have followed Constitutional Law for the past 100 years, that is why we’re in this mess! Liars and thieves are what plagues all of humanity! Truth has no agenda! There are very few moral or ethical people in Washington, DC. The definition of politic is: blood sucker! The Politics in Washington, DC are sucking the life out of America and turning us all against each other! Not the Vision of our Founding Fathers!

  17. Captain America says:

    Blue Screen of Death!

  18. L Torvalds says:

    Gates made his billions HERE in the USA. He has a patriotic duty to get our house in order. He is a traitor.

    I’m glad I use Linux.

    1. Craig Pitt says:

      Do you have a bank account? A credit card? They are purposefully subverting our economy, and using our own money to do it. Do you know over 90% of the multitrillion derivatives market is owned by 4 banks. Do you protest BP? Do you shop at walmart? Target? Do you own Apple products? Do you own an American car, buying a foreign car ships thousands of dollars oversees.
      Bill Gates doesn’t owe you free power buddy. He doesn’t owe you anything. Get it through your head that NOBODY OWES YOU ANYTHING. Our government is selling us. NOT just Obama, or the dems or the republicans. They all play for the same team! Team international bankers! That’s why we are stuck in a perpetual, made-up war. Don’t sit there and bash Gates for trying to get a potentially beneficial technology deployed where they will PAY. ARE WE THE COMMUNISTS NOW OR SOMETHING? IS IT BETTER TO DO BUSINESS WITH CHINA? Think about it, and don’t sit there with your hand out in awe of his big purse strings and jealous cause he ain’t givin some gibsmuhdat, that’s for losers.

      1. Tommy in Chicago says:

        Hey Craig save it. Bill Gates was allowed to STEAL outright or purchase at least 75% of what Microsoft sells as theirs….and there are literally millions of people that know it.

        Who is Bill Gates going to steal nuclear reactor designs from? There is NOBODY to steal from since the GE reactors in Japan proved unsafe, which means that Bill Gates for the first time in his life has to lead a team of scientists in a field he knows nothing about to design a product he knows nothing about. If that sounds like the second coming of Microsoft Windows then we do nto need him involved because these are nuclear reactors.

        Gates is a theif, and should go home and do something he is more fit for like playing bridge. Bill Gates involved in nuclear reacotr deign or manufacutre is a total disaster.

  19. Justin Time says:

    Liberals tend to get really quiet in articles like this.

  20. Chris says:

    This reactor has performed an illegal operation and must be shutdown.

  21. Tommy in Chicago says:

    I thought he would be so busy giving away $5 mosquito nets that we would never hear from this fool again.

    When Microsoft purchased Hotmail, and they decided to get rid of the UNIX and Linux servers that were running the business, it took more than 2X as many Microsoft Windows servers….and they had to be constantly reboot.

    There are no known Microsoft Windows operating systems that control jumbo jets, missiles, battle ships, and he thinks that the Chinese are going to let him design a nuclear reactor? Either the Chinese think that he is back to stealing designs and ideas again, this time from GE and we see how well those systems held up in Japan…so, what is China’s answer?

    I would tell Mr Greedy to go away, and take his bald headed emBalmer with him.

    1. Craig Pitt says:

      First off… I doubt Bill Gates is actually designing any nuclear reactors. He’s not Tony Starks sitting in some crazy futuristic lab in his basement building nuclear plants. He is a consultant/investor, probably because he is known more for his shrewd business sense than his technical abilities. Grow up.
      Second, If Bill gates stole something, you should report that to the police. Steve Jobs didn’t. Apple bought the GUI from Xerox, who didn’t realize that they were holding pure gold at the time and didn’t have the business sense (Like Gates with DOS) to lease the technology instead of selling it. Maybe we should build gambling reservations for Xerox as reparations for their stupidity, cause they dun got trikked! Apple too, for basically giving it away to Gates. You seem to have some real “in depth” knowledge of the situation, by the way. It’s time someone take a look at smarter nuclear plants instead of riding old technology to the ground, like the establishment always does.

      1. Tommy in Chicago says:

        First off… Bill Gates nevere designed his first OS. Microsoft BOUGHT CPM and stole what they could not buy.

        Over the years Gates and Microsoft stole at every opportunity and due to the US Govt, they stole their way right to the top, with their last major KILL being Netscape who designed the first major web browser.

        Second, Craig Pitt, you a a moron and the number of companies that Bill Gates stole technology from are in the hundreds. I know that you s^ck Gates d^ck but the rest of us don’t have too.

  22. Mike says:

    We need to be looking at Thorium reactors not more Uranium. They are still only in concept but the benifits are staggering. Safer, less waste, and all around cheaper once we get them going. The only reason we do not have them today is because in the 40’s and 50’s the US government wanted nuclear weapons, so they took the route of uranium istead of thorium. If anyone really cared about a safe nuclear reactor its obvious the answer lies with thorium.

  23. essential-intelligence says:

    It has long been established by prof. Antony Sutton that Wall-street has played a decisive role in the build-up of the Soviets and the Nazis during the first half of the 20th century.
    In a remarkable ‘coincidence’, Wall-street has begun the buildup of the Chinese regime (i.e. its transformation from archaic communism to industrial socialism) in 1989 – right after the collapse of the Soviets and the removal of the Berlin wall.
    Full analysis on our latest post:

  24. rdx says:

    Gates is being played by his new Communist friends. He was a lousy programmer and never the brightest bulb in the chandelier in the first place. Similar to Zuckerberger who stole Facebook and makes billions stealing people’s identities for the US Govt. Change is coming for these idiots. Expect us.

    1. ciscon says:

      pathetic–it is u who voted for obama and his democratic hoard. he gave marching orders to his private little army of brownshorts (the ows and anonymous). it is people who listen to anonymous robotic instructions that are the problem –expect to lose in 2012 we are on to u.

  25. jz says:

    i hope the reactors dont work as well as Windows..

  26. FreudianSlip says:

    Why is Gates spending research and development money in CHINA instead of USA??? First off, China does not honor international patents and is notorious for reverse engineering products to manufacture. Gates is essentially financing China’s R&D without recourse to mfg in USA or even protect patents he may have paid to develop. Just plain stupid waste of hundreds of millions that could create jobs in the US.

    As for China solving many poverty problems. Yes, if you count forced abortions and eating rice with mushrooms a nutritional diet. China also has the worst pollution on the planet and nothing in place to resolve it. Many of their people cannot afford to buy face masks to protect themselves from breathing the filth. Guess that solves caring for the aged, another poverty & population solution by China.

    Gates should be spending his R&D $$$ in the USA where he made it.

    1. John says:

      Because he can’t. There are way to many political roadblocks preventing any sort of nuclear technology development in the US. But, there are billions of Chinese that could have their lives improved through cheap and renewable nuclear energy. So, from a humanitarian point of view, Gates wants to do what he can for however long he has left to live on Earth.

  27. FreudianSlip says:

    For the right amount of money China is happy to test Gates experimental nuclear reactors inside China. Another great leap for China in the solution to poverty and high population. A win win for everyone.

  28. Serge V says:

    Anything to get Gates off of his kick of running around the world and injecting toxic vaccines into infants/neonates.
    His present activities in vaccine technology smacks of eugenics and he has been lambasted in the alternative media for same.
    This is a much better approach and will restore Gates’ credibility and good name.

  29. Mike_88 says:

    How many times do you need to reboot it?

  30. Gayle says:

    “China has a lot to contribute because it’s solved many of the problems of poverty”

    I guess killing millions of poor, and the forced sterilization of those that remain is a solution to poverty in the eyes of Bill Gates.

  31. Craig Pitt says:

    Tommy in Chicago
    I never said Gates designed any OS. I don’t know why you felt the need to mention that, except to set up a paper target for your foolish argument.
    Second, Netscape sucked. It’s not Gate’s fault that he could integrate a web browser into HIS extremely popular OS. Being that a web browser is a necessity for most computer users, it seems like a pretty handy application to come pre-installed on your PC. Apple has integrated Safari into everything, no antitrust lawsuit there… Should he have used Netscape, and allowed them to have a monopoly? They would have, back then, had explorer not been around. And you would inevitably B** about that too, because you are an inconsequential human being, and that’s what little whiners like you do. Nobody is stopping you from using Chrome, Firefox, or a host of other options. Netscape failed because it was inferior. If everyone LOVED Netscape, it would still be around. Micro didn’t KILL anything that wouldn’t have died off anyway.
    As for your vulgar closing comment, I would figure as much. That’s how most FAILED ARGUMENTS end. You sir, have proven to be an idiot.

    1. Tommy in Chicago says:

      Craig, you buffoon, I’ve been on the Internet prior to 1989 when it was, then then the Internet and Mozilla was the ONLY commercial grade web browser when it came out, and they spun off and started the Netscape corporation. When I attended college I use to download raw source code for Mozilla and compile it and distribute it to those in need of it at the University where I attended school. Mozilla was the ONLY browser so how they could suck, when there was NO OTHER browser is something you need to consider. This is where your logic falls apart and I know that I am dealing with a Microsoft boot kissing lackey, ok BOY. In every case Microsoft built an empire on other peoples stolen concepts and ideas. PERIOD.

      So Gates then as he always did stole the design and function of the browser and bundled it with his operating system as he did all of his other office suite software…and stole the market. Gates and Microsoft never had ONE stinking idea that was original and Apple is eating them alive now because that is a fact.

      Lets face it, with the background that Bill Gates has in building stolen software he has NO BUSINESS in designing and selling nuclear reactors. Gates like you s^cks.

      1. Tommy in Chicago says:

        And Craig you silly buffoon, the Netscape browser lives on in Firefox code, and they still own 50% of the market.

        And Apache still owns 75% of the market for web servers so please Microsoft lackey…go away.

      2. Craig Pitt says:

        Hey Tommy-
        Seems like you just took apart your own point about Micro “killing Netscape”. That was your assertion in the first place.The rest of that paragraph was largely about your life, which nobody cares about.
        Louis Chevrolet and Caleb Bradham are two entrepreneurs who basically rebranded someone else’s idea too. Do you B*tch about Chevy and Pepsi as well?
        And once again, who said Gates ever designed a nuclear reactor? He’s pitching them because he’s an investor. INVESTOR. As in capitalism, something you clearly hate very much. I would suggest you move to Moscow.
        As for your obsession with Gate’s pen*s, which you can’t seem to get off your narrow mind, just give him a call. Maybe he swings that way, you sick pervert.
        The more you say, the dumber you sound. So keep at it!

  32. r charles says:

    obscure and obtuse and unfair and politically motivited regulations strangle our country(USA) , can you blame gates for going somewhere else.

    1. Craig Pitt says:

      Thank you. Our current government makes it unfeasible to take on major projects like this here. We are taking a global back seat in everything but preemptive military strikes. Apparently, Washington think “exporting democracy” is going to be our market. Like fighting terrorism, or the war on drugs, this was set up to be a massively expensive failure that benefits the lending institutions that fund the wars. They will bleed us dry, and move along to the next empire they set up. This has been the practice of the bankers for hundreds of years, and they have “become exceedingly efficient at it” (-Matrix). The writing is all over the wall. Gates is not to blame for this zeitgeist, this is just the result.

      1. Tommy in Chicago says:

        Is Bill Gates your boyfriend…and you like to suck his p^nis? Just wondering because you sure protect him like you know him personally. Judging from your mentality you sound like a young boy…is Gates in a man-boy relationship with you? Come clean now.

    2. VladTheImpaler says:

      I think we should locate the newest nuclear reactor to be built in Chicago, where it will do the most good.

  33. nmwander says:

    Just out of curiousity…..why isnt Bill Gates in negotiations with the US Govt to build a cheaper safer nuclear reactor???
    What is wrong with the super-rich?
    Dont they understand anything??

    1. johnnuke says:

      Because the American public (and our govt), has no interest in building nuclear reactor. The average American is the one who doesn’t understand anything. Do you want a nuclear reactor in your backyard?……I didn’t think so.

      I, by the way, lived with one in my backyard for 20 years and I currently work in the nuclear industry. I know full well why he is taking his money and talents elsewhere.

  34. SG says:

    Strange to me is that, neither the article or any of the comments thus far, has mentioned that much of what is being discussed could easily fall under the Commerce Department’s restrictions of providing technology to other countries. These regulations are set on especially items that the potential for dual use by Civilian and Military entities. I am curious if the rules were followed, or if BIll Gates has jumped into a major legal issue?

  35. John C says:

    State-of-the-art technology for our good friends (and self-proclaimed enemy of the US) China, but no new nuclear plants allowed to be built in America, sustaining our current energy shortage and high energy costs, making it virtually impossible to grow our economy (which requires cheap energy).

  36. Doug in Richland says:

    This concept is win-win for the world. The reason for going to China (or India) is to get a prototype plant going to investigate various fuel cladding concepts that must last ten years or so. Our NRC has flatly stated that building of such a test bed is not possible in the needed time frame. This design has many desirable features. It use natural uranium. It needs fueling on a ten year or so cycle, It generates less waste than current reactor designs. It is scalable for small or large application, and is afforable.

    When developed this plant will be built is the US.

  37. johnnuke says:

    Reminds me of “Atlas Shrugged” when all the industrialist who knew how to make things happen just up and left.

    1. Rich says:

      Except Bill Gates isn’t going anywhere. In Atlas Shrugged the industrialists left the non-thinkers to crash and burn. Gates appears to be trying help these idiots.

  38. Dave says:

    Let’s make sure that the power plants are built on fault lines or right at sea level where tsunamis may hit them so we can make it interesting. Gates is a huge sellout. He would sell out his own mother for a buck. Yeah, let’s give move jobs away and more technology away. Total sellout. Let me use slave labor so that I can get rich and then tell people that I’m trying to give jobs to the impoverished of the third world. Tell it like it is, he wants to use slaves for his own profit.

  39. billcrawford says:

    BEIJING (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates confirmed Wednesday he is in discussions with China to jointly develop a new and safer kind of nuclear reactor.

    “The idea is to be very low cost, very safe and generate very little waste,” said the billionaire during a talk at China’s Ministry of Science and Technology”

    Lets see now, Obama, Jerry Brown and the Californian’s want to shut all nuclear power plants down and use wind and sun while a citizen of the United States is in talks with China to help them fund and build a safe, cheap reactor, (which would lower electric bills) and create (Chinese) jobs right along with it, sounds about right and you guys want another 4 years of this incompetence?. I guess if so you are also part of the problem (of destroying this country) and not part of the solution. Kapesh.

  40. Rich says:

    Whatever helps Bill Gates sleep at night I guess…

  41. Todd Anderson says:

    Your all DORKS !!! Get a life . . .

  42. Al Phresceaux says:

    Children in the U.S are going to bed hungry and he is wasting money on a way for power companies to reduce their overhead… in China!.

    1. VladTheImpaler says:

      The children are not hungry any longer. They get fed at school by Obama. Quit complaining.

    2. ciscon says:

      u must live on planet obama–the chineese are interested in a higher profit margin–and cheaper and more abundent energy for the chineese. Now obama has a different approach he repeatedly stated that electric rate would have to increase to cut demand in other words energy starvation of american people and industry. Since 2008 the poor are 40% poorer and hungry-erb because people like u who voted for obama and his forced poverty on america. U voted for obama its your fault. he is destroying this country’s ability to compete –he loves to preside over a declining america–he was taught when young and old to hate america by communists and radicles as a puppet of the globalists. if obama gets reelected we are finished. wake up from lalaland.

  43. cramcram says:

    Wait for Service Pack 3 before pushing the throttle to full power.

  44. CautiousOne says:

    Hmmmmm……..let’s see……. a Windows program running a nuclear reactor……..what could possibly go wrong there..??????

  45. CrazyGaloot says:

    This is an awesome idea. The entire universe runs on nuclear, and our “best” minds (mostly politicians) want to buy windmills and solar panels. Gates just did an end run around the ridiculously stupid USA environmentalists! He’ll be a zillionaire some day. I hate windows, but I now have to bow to Bill Gates.

    1. VladTheImpaler says:

      Actually, I think the universe runs on fusion more than fission, but am not entirely positive. I need to check Einstein’s notebook again.

      1. Conservative Abroad says:

        It’s still “Nuclear”

  46. Dan Shays says:

    Meanwhile, in America, the U.S. administration continues to curb the use and exploration of traditional forms of energy, halt all production of refineries and nuclear facilities and rely on the like of Solyndra to meet our energy needs.

  47. Chris M says:

    France gets much of its power from nuclear plants. Their plants are very safe there.

  48. Nuclear is safe says:

    If done right, nuclear is very safe. Much safer and cleaner than burning coal, which releases millions of tons of radioactive material and poisons into the air every year. And we breathe that in all the time. The environmental wackos are forcing the U.S. to burn coal, which is about the filthiest thing you can do for the environment. Nuclear energy produces zero greenhouse gases, and currently is the only method of producing mass amounts of clean energy that we need. Also, the reports of radioactivity from Japan are very misleading. The amount is negligible and exaggerated. Almost everything that you eat contains radioactive material, so I guess we should all stop eating. And I guess the Japanese forgot that their nuclear site was subject to tsunamis and didn’t plan accordingly. That would never happen here with all of the federal regulations.

  49. elleno says:

    Why aren’t the OWS protesters going after this. Constantly business is exporting jobs to China

  50. ciscon says:

    elieno-are u a troll –ows is obama is agaisnt jobs thats why duh

  51. Dave templeton says:

    Gates has yet to a n OS without incessant service update and that is supposed to be his expertise not nuclear reactors!

  52. Senorloco says:

    “The idea is to be very low cost, very safe and generate very little waste” says Bill Gates.

    WOW! A “safe” nuclear reactor. Now I’ve heard everything. Two words that sure as hell don’t go together in the same sentence. Like saying, “I developed safe fire. You absolutely won’t get burned, ever.”

    And you people think this is a good idea to give to China after what happened in Japan and France and Ukraine? No wonder this world is so F-ed up. Filled with a bunch of rich pyschopaths like Bill Gates who claim to do everything in the name of peace. Gee, that sounds an awful lot like Obama and the globalists corporations creating wars with the Middle East in the name of peace. Yep. Things are definitely working. How’s that hope and change for ya?

  53. Mel Lipson says:

    For Bill Gates to be co-developing this with China is akin to treason. The free enterprise system of the USA made him what he is today. Now, a possible breakthrough in fossil fuel-free energy is going to be co-developed with a rival, if not a potential enemy, of the USA.
    What avenues has he explored for doing this in the USA with American scientists and American employees?
    Has he been rejected here? If so, by who?
    Who would like to find out, 10 years from now, that we had the opportuniity to capture this technology, but turned it down?

    1. Conservative Abroad says:

      The Eco-Nozis have scared the wits out of normal Americans with lies about the danger of Nuclear Power. No-one was killed from radiation in Japan when a 40 YEAR OLD reactor got hit by 2 of the worst disasters in a century at the same time.
      Right now, it would be impossible for Gates to do anything in America with the Left and the Greenies trying to destroy us.

  54. ciscon says:

    its apple versus microsoft fanboys well it points out competition has served computing well –maybe if apple and microsoft went at it again over nuclear energy it just might be a good thing again

  55. bob bailey says:

    damn is there any other system i can run instead of windows guess bill is like 99% that shop china-mart all about money

  56. nickinva says:

    The EcoFreaks kick and scream about CO2 emissions, yet when presented with a viable alternative; nuclear power, they continue their hissy fit. Why? Because they don’t actually want “clean” energy, they want us to live “sustainably” which is a code word for going back to living in trees and flinging poop at each other. Wind and Solar will not come close to meeting our energy needs and they know it. I’m glad to see that Bill Gates does seem to be doing something that could actually solve the problem and at least the Chinese are receptive to it, unlike the PC do-gooders in the US and Europe.

  57. Neil Baker says:

    I’d be satisfied if Microsoft would finally supply a second independent copy and paste function for WORD. Would I be simply delusional to wish for a third?

  58. Tangair says:


    A green, sustainable, inclusive, diverse and organic NUCLEAR REACTOR DESIGNED BY F***ING CHI-COMS!

  59. William Hofmeister says:

    I am so sick of morons commenting on nuclear power. I have worked 20 years in the US Commercial Nuclear industry at six different reactors. I am not going to tell you they can’t have an accident. However, up until that day they are not spewing radiation into the surrounding areas, they are not creating any lukemia. The workers at these plants get a higher exposure than the surrounding populace. Their health is monitored and has been studied for decades. There are no patterns of cancers or any other health hazards associated with radiation. It is one of the cleanest forms of generating electricity. It is extremely regulated by the NRC, to an extent that people who do not work in the industry are incredulous when told of the requirements and conditions put on the utilities. Is it 100% safe, no, but what is?

    1. MIKE ;) says:


      1. Conservative Abroad says:

        I agree with you. Another point is that Airline pilots and people living in Denver get more radiation than Nuclear workers who are around reactors constantly.

  60. Carney Assada says:

    I have seen Bill Gates do scam after scam since 1977. He scammed IBM, he (allegedly) killed Gary Kildall to keep him out of the 32-bit operating system race, and he stole public CP/M code and called it his own. Gates is going to rot in that bad place.

    1. Tangair says:

      Carney, Your tinfoil hat’s back from the metalfab shop….

  61. paul says:

    doesnt this all figure out to you clowns?

    its SEATTLe news….

    the liberal capital of the peoples republic of westcoast operations

  62. MIKE says:


  63. Em Spearing says:

    One word: Pripyat.

  64. MIKE AGAIN! says:


  65. Knightflyer says:

    Bill Gates can kiss my Texas ass.With the childern in OUR country that will have no CHRISTmas this year becase the real un-employment rate hovers aroung 19%,not close to what was released last week.I was going to say something like act like an American Gates,but he is a globalist anddoes not care the least about America.We built his fortune and we shure can help end it.

    1. Il Bui says:

      In case you’ve been living is a cave OR, your IQ is <50, the US gov doesn't allow this type of activity.

  66. Dr. Hot Particle says:

    The General Electric-designed nuclear reactors involved in the Japanese emergency are very similar to 23 reactors in use in the United States, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission records.

    The NRC database of nuclear power plants shows that 23 of the 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. are GE boiling-water reactors with GE’s Mark I systems for containing radioactivity, the same containment system used by the reactors in trouble at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. The U.S. reactors are in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

    In addition, 12 reactors in the U.S. have the later Mark II or Mark III containment system from GE. These 12 are in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington state. See the full list below.

    ——– —–

  67. TexasForever says:

    I seems to remember Julius and Ethel Rosenberg being executed for being spies.
    Communist Red China is NOT our friend or ally.
    Either Gates is stupid or is a traitor to work with the Chinese.
    If Gates wants to promote nuclear energy he should do it in this country not to a country committed to our destruction.

    1. Il Bui says:

      In case you’ve been living is a cave OR, your IQ is <50, the US gov doesn't allow this type of activity.

  68. vitaglubet says:

    Technology, as usual, will go a long way to solve the world’s problems. Bravo for Bill Gates. The world needs safe, clean energy in all forms.

  69. Jacko says:

    I see the solar and wind power trolls are out in full force. Nice fear mongering, guys.

  70. Utapao Long Ago says:

    Regardless of your personal opinion on Nuclear Power….. Interesting to see where “The 1%’s “ are spending their money!!! Strange none of the occupiers occupied their sacred Twitter, Facebook – You Name it Industries- but felt OK to disrupt my life. I guess it is which end of the political spectrum you are on determines if you get a pass or not from the loud mouths.

  71. pastorbmp says:

    I just hope if they start to have a meltdown and they have to shut down the reactor, they don’t get a message that says “Are you sure you want to shut down this reactor”!

  72. Il Bui says:

    Better to develop Thorium reactors (like India is doing) however, better this than nothing. China knows the future of energy is in nuc. The U.S. is rapidly turning into a 2nd World country though.

  73. George Lob says:

    We are sometimes our own evil enemy. We tax the living sh– out of everything we can so most people in the country don’t have to pay any tax and we wonder why nothing ever goes right in America. We need to get rid of political corrrectness, environmental Idiots ( not common sense environmentalists) and understand we will be 3rd world like the rest of the socialist countries if we don’t wake up and do something.

  74. Jasonn says:

    I think every middle-eastern village should have its own nuclear reactor, don’t you?

  75. BikerBen says:

    Bill Gates probably would have worked with a US company, but we’re not allowed to develop any energy resources using coal, oil, natural gas or nuclear. We’re going to support the energy needs of our 300 million people using wind and solar. We’re really a stupid people, stupid enough to have elected anti-American Barach Obama as president of our once-proud Country.

  76. Tral Faz says:

    I can see it now, a reactor that stops for no apparent reason and needs to be rebooted, and constantly updated.

  77. LukeJohn says:

    The REAL answer are Thorium MICRO-nukes. The size of a shipping container. Completely sealed. It would essentially be a big battery. Each could power something like 1,000 homes. (actual size/service TBD)

    Installed in pairs in underground vaults and exchanged every 10 years or so – basically “cellular power”. Portable too – easily brought in to areas of need. Only local transmission lines needed – mostly underground already.

    No long transmission lines, redundancy and security. No chance of melt-down and little-to-no waste.

    Wind power kills birds by day, bats by night, is unreliable, noisy and unsightly. Needs transmission lines and backup batteries (hugely toxic) It is also economically non-viable without tax payer-funded subsidies.

    Solar produces toxic waste in its manufacture and disposal, needs transmission lines and battery backup just like wind. To get enough to run anything significant, we’d have to pave huge areas with panels and destroy many habitats. It is also not economically viable without tax subsidies.

    Hydro kills fish, silts up rivers, is dependent on rainfall – also needs transmission lines and frankly we just don’t have enough rivers anyway.

    Wave energy is too limited, causes environmental harm and we’d also need transmission lines to serve anything inland.

    Geothermal is great but to scale it up, we’d have to perforate the ground across the US and who knows what seismic or other consequences there’d be. Would increase global warming too. Would also need transmission lines.

    Coal can be cleaned up to some extent but that releases more radiation than “conventional” nuclear.

  78. Ted Dee says:

    As Steve Jobs said, “Bill Gates never invented anything, and I have suffered his failures forever. Now he is being sued by wordperfectg, who he tried to immulaste when he put out windows. Gatgs’s word was a disaster and destroyed one of the best word programs ever defvised. Now Gates (and I herard him say) “wordperfect was never a viable product” it didn’t work. This is a bald face lie. After traveling arond Washington State I hear a lot of bad stuff about the opportunist Gates and note haw he gets sued regularly.


  79. Aero Windwalker says:

    This is why we love Bill.

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