54 barrels of oil = 12 tons of coal = 5300 cubic feet of natural gas = 4 grams of thorium
5000 tons of thorium to power the current world energy needs.
Monazite rare earth waste streams would have all the thorium that we need.
The current nuclear reactors answer the question how would you power a 1950s era nuclear submarine.
Rich countries can over pay for things. Over pay for medicine, over pay for energy. 80% of the world cannot afford to do this.
All the batteries in the world would hold 10 minute of the power used in the world.