For as long as the world has understood the power density of nuclear energy, there have been people who have focused on the need to restrict knowledge and access to material to people that they “trust”. There are whole cadres of people who are part of the “nuclear non-proliferation community” and some who have built their entire career specializing in the minutiae of the topic. Those people are often lawyers who can talk circles around poor engineering focused people like me. Sometimes they are people who earn physics degrees and then spend most of their careers in what is essentially a political or diplomatic role.
One of the frequent contributors to Atomic Insights, a Canadian who uses the handle of DV8 2XL, has written a thought provoking post on the topic and invited debate. This issue has been terribly important – in a negative way – to Canadian nuclear scientists, engineers and technicians for more than 35 years, ever since they had to abandon one of the most interesting and potentially lucrative markets for their product. You can go and participate in the discussion at DV8 2XL’s Open letter to the pro-nuclear community.