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  1. Looks like an organization getting tunnel vision. (“Our mission is the production and maintenance of the nuclear weapons stockpile. Stop distracting us.”) Wouldn’t be the first time and it won’t be the last time.

    There’s a difference, of course, between the AEC and your garden-variety corporation with no vision: the AEC had a legal monopoly over the use of the technology that they were refusing to develop. Working groups with big, bold ideas couldn’t just leave.

  2. Great artice! Thanks!I

    I think the cold war of the late 1940s gave the AEC a clear priority to produce nuclear weapons. That may seem odd to us after the demise of the Soviet Union, but that was not anticipated at this time. Also, the low cost of coal and the immense coal reserves in the US made the need for nuclear power seem less important.

    But I like the history of nuclear power articles.

    And THANKS for including references. I just found “Atomic Shield” on a DOE website. That gives us another hint at what may have influenced AEC to cancel the Daniels Pile – the focus on Zinns EBR-1.

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