“If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 14, 1956
60 years after Atoms for Peace, we’re still trying to get it right.
On December 8, 1953, President Eisenhower, went before the General Assembly of the United Nations to discuss Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy. He laid out his vision for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. This vision included the International Atomic Energy Agency and the pursuit of “methods whereby this fissionable material would be allocated to serve the peaceful pursuits of mankind.” (Found this as I was confirming numbers on global nuclear energy use - IAEA Feature on Atoms for Peace - so suffice to say, my illusions of originality on that score are shattered and I will leave it to the Feature referenced above to provide further details).
Fast forward 60 years.
- Published in Energy