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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|Other Independent Review articles by William Beaver|
|Winter 2011||The Failed Promise of Nuclear Power|
|Spring 2010||The Demise of Yucca Mountain|