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Powering the Dream by Alexis Madrigal

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chapter 23
What Green Tech Can Learn from Nuclear Power’s Rise and Fall
ON JUNE 10, 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson rode through the streets of Worcester, Massachusetts, cheered by 175,000 well-wishers as he was on his way to give a commencement speech at Holy Cross. Looking out over the football stadium’s cheering masses, dressed in the traditional scholar’s robe, the Texan lawyer delivered a paean to science and technology’s power to transform the lot of the world’s poor for the better.1
Spattered with bits of Christianity, he identified three “ominous obstacles to man’s effort to build a great world society—a place where every man can find a life free from hunger and disease—a life offering the chance to seek spiritual fulfillment unhampered by ...

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