The Failed Promise of Nuclear Power
By William Beaver
This article appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of The Independent Review


Nuclear power was largely on hold for the past three decades, owing to troubles that began in the 1950s, when federal policy attempted to ensure both U.S. technical superiority and economic competitiveness. The federal scramble bypassed the development of economical nuclear power, which required time to mature and become a routine industrial process.

Other Independent Review articles by William Beaver
    Summer 2013   Sustainable Energy: The Promise and Perils of the Breeder Reactor
    Spring 2010   The Demise of Yucca Mountain

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