I'd like to call attention to the article with the above name (about 7 years old now) hosted at The Center for Reactor Information
. It lays out the brief history of the Integral Fast Reactor, including how it came within a hair's breadth of surviving the 1994 vote to kill it. It also gives a brief listing of its selling points, including (contrary to claims often made by anti-nuclear activists) that its fuel cycle is unable to produce weapons-grade material and is effectively proliferation-proof.
This is an article suitable for non-technical readers and ought to be spread widely. Some of its figures are out of date (wind power is now pushing 2% of US electric supply, not ¼%), but this is good for further analysis to show just how difficult it is to scale up renewable energy to the quantities we need.
Labels: alternate energy, energy, government incompetence, IFR, nuclear power