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.

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

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