A thorium plant produces way less radioactive waste and it only needs to be stored for 300 years.
The atomic bombs and the nuclear power accidents put the Thorium plants plans on the shelve. That is a shame! Solar and wind are incredibly unreliable and very damaging to the environment. However, the people that want this are reasoning with emotions.
AOC is above average smart, but she is not a true scholar. Sadly, the real smart people do not run for office or do not know how to play the game. You think she is great because you agree with her. It is known as the echo chamber effect or confirmation bias.
I already agreed with you, but you couldn't resist the chance to make another mistake. There simply is no one size fits all answer. Here in New England, we have Hydro Quebec, which is on the ballot in the upcoming election. But wind and solar need to be part of the equation, where they would work well.
Americans don't vote for serious intellectuals. But... she is plenty smart, and more importantly, unlike her brethren, she does her homework. There was a gal from Conn in the 80s, brilliant and a hard worker, Pat Schroeder. She made most pols look like idiots. She should have been president.