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Nuclear Freeze

Why Nuclear Power Stalled— and How to Restart It

Authors: Per F. Peterson, Michael R. Laufer, and Edward D. Blandford
May/June 2014
Foreign Affairs

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These days, the long-term role that nuclear power will play in the global energy market remains uncertain. That would have come as a surprise to the scientists and engineers who, during the 1950s and 1960s, pioneered the study of nuclear fission, built test reactors, and designed nuclear-powered airplanes and rockets. They would also have been surprised, and likely dismayed, that the light-water reactor -- the technology that powered the first nuclear submarine, in 1954 -- remains the dominant commercial technology for producing fission energy.

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