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Title: The future of nuclear energy: A perspective on nuclear power development

The author begins by discussing the history of nuclear power development in the US. He discusses the challenges for nuclear power such as the proliferation of weapons material, waste management, economics, and safety. He then discusses the future for nuclear power, specifically advanced reactor development. People can all be thankful for nuclear power, for it may well be essential to the long term survival of civilization. Within the seeds of its potential for great good, are also the seeds for great harm. People must ensure that it is applied for great good. What is not in question is whether people can live without it, they cannot. United States leadership is crucial in determining how this technology is developed and applied. The size and capability of the United States technical community is decreasing, a trend that cannot be allowed to continue. It is the author's belief that in the future, the need, the vision and the confidence in nuclear power will be restored, but only if the US addresses the immediate challenges. It is a national challenge worthy of the best people this nation has to offer.
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
754476
Report Number(s):
ANL/OTD-ER/CP-101408
TRN: US0002682
DOE Contract Number:
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 219th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (US), 03/26/2000--03/30/2000; Other Information: PBD: 3 Apr 2000
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab., IL (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; NUCLEAR POWER; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; PROLIFERATION; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; ECONOMICS; REACTOR SAFETY; FORECASTING; ENERGY SOURCE DEVELOPMENT