Pulling the Nuclear Plug

A chain reaction of setbacks hits the industry, but the need for power remains It began with such promise. The scientists and engineers who had shown the terrible destructive power of the atom at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were going to harness its tremendous force in an atoms-for-peace program. They would build nuclear power plants producing electricity so easily that it would be "too cheap to meter." At a time when technology promised an almost boundless potential for improving humankind, nuclear power seemed so modern.

But today the...

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