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Volume 18  Number 1  •  Summer 2013
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Sustainable Energy: The Promise and Perils of the Breeder Reactor
By William Beaver
This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of The Independent Review

In 1943, physicist Leo Szilard suggested that it might be possible to build a nuclear reactor that would create or breed fuel, producing an inexhaustible supply of energy. Although the federal government failed to fulfill the promise of the breeder reactor, its forty-year quest offers valuable lessons on the hazards of mixing government and technological development.

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