Science: The Great Breeder Dispute

By current projections, the nation's demand for electricity will double in the decade ahead and multiply as much as six times by the year 2000. Yet the fossil fuels that are needed to generate this crucial power by conventional means—oil, coal, natural gas—are being exhausted at an alarming rate. So, too, are reserves of uranium 235, which nuclear reactors now use as fuel. Meanwhile, such alternatives as harnessing the energy of the sun—or of the earth's tides, winds, or internal heat—remain little more than scientific pipedreams. Even the vision of controlling the power of the hydrogen bomb will probably not...

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