Big Bombs And Big Egos

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BIG BOMBS AND BIG EGOS: THE DRIVING FORCES FOR THE CREATION OF A PRIVATIZED NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IN AMERICA

What events that occurred between 1946 and 1954 prompted the push for a privatized nuclear industry as mandated by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954?

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United States History

By Brij Sahney

Department of History
Pacific Ridge School
Carlsbad, California
4 May 2015

Word Count: 2920

On December 8, 1953, in an address before the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke of the controversial atomic bomb:
It is not enough just to take this weapon out of the hands of the soldiers. It must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace.

At the time, nuclear energy and its destructive capabilities were widely feared, so Eisenhower was looking for a way to shift focus onto its constructive capabilities, while maintaining and developing America’s nuclear arsenal in order to keep America in its position of global authority. The result came in the form of an amendment to the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, which was subsequently named the Atomic Energy Act of 1954. As stated by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, “the 1954 Atomic Energy Act redefined [America’s] atomic energy program by ending the government monopoly on technical data and making the growth of a private commercial…

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