Author: Jasjit Singh
Editor(s): Jasjit Singh
Publisher: Knowledge World
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187966319
December 2003 marked the fiftieth anniversary of President Dwight D Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Eisenhower was a visionary in this regards since at that time, nuclear power was not yet a reality in the lives of people. At the same time, the very concept of Atoms for Peace emphasized the potential of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, from medicine to electricity. This speech had provided the impetus for the formation of the US commercial nuclear industry with an incredible growth in civilian nuclear energy production during the next two decades, and now it provides 20 per cent of total US electricity output.
But more important, Atoms for Peace led directly to the establishment of the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to promote the development and sharing of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes. President Eisenhower, in his December 1953 address to the UN General Assembly at the time of the creation of the IAEA, stated: The most important responsibility of this atomic energy agency would to be allocated to serve the needs of mankind. Experts would be mobilised to apply atomic energy to the needs of agriculture, medicine, and other peaceful uses. A special purpose would be to provide abundant electrical energy in the power-starved areas of the world (emphasis added).
In the Last forty years we have seen nuclear energy take its place as a major source of electricity worldwide, on both economic and resource strategy grounds. Today the question of global warming focuses attention on the extent to which nuclear energy offsets it, and may increasingly do so in the future.
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