Atomic Power Race

Archive Report

Disputed Rate of American Progress

Cheap nuclear power is the goal of an international technological race of increasing scope and intensity. Major development programs are being pressed in the United States, Great Britain, and Soviet Russia. Other industrial nations, faced with growing energy needs, are exploring the possibilities of nuclear power. Spirited commercial competition for reactor and nuclear fuel markets is expected to grow as technical and cost problems are brought nearer to solution. Gains in international prestige and political influence are foreseen for the nation which emerges as the leader in practical application of atom-generated power for peaceful purposes.

These circumstances have prompted members of Congress and others to question the adequacy of present American policy on civilian applications of nuclear energy. Hearings now in ...

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