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Project Plowshare

The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America
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Scott Kaufman
Cornell University Press
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Inspired by President Dwight D. Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" speech, scientists at the Atomic Energy Commission and the University of California's Radiation Laboratory began in 1957 a program they called Plowshare. Joined by like-minded government officials, scientists, and business leaders, champions of "peaceful nuclear explosions" maintained that they could create new elements and isotopes for general use, build storage facilities for water or fuel, mine ores, increase oil and natural gas production, generate heat for power production, and construct roads, harbors, and canals. By harnessing the power of the atom for nonmilitary purposes, Plowshare backers expected to protect American security, defend U.S. legitimacy and prestige, and ensure access to energy resources.
Introduction: Promoting the Peaceful Atom1. A Plan of Biblical Proportions2. Just Drop Us a Card3. A Program on Hold4. From Moratorium to Test Ban5. The Complexities of Canal Construction6. Nuclear Testing, Nonproliferation, and Plowshare7. Making Headway?8. Plowshare Goes Down Under9. Dead as a DoornailConclusion: Back from the Dead?NotesBibliographyIndex

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