As many readers of this blog probably know, the Integral Fast Reactor project was killed by a very narrow Senate vote in 1994, with the connivance of the Clinton administration.
This was all done very much behind the scenes. The public at large had no knowledge of what was going on (I sure didn't), and what happened was probably driven by a few relatively narrow special interests.
Times have changed.
In an effort to dis-intermediate government a bit, the Obama administration (Energy sec'y: Steven Chu) has a new feature on the White House website called "We The People". It allows people to create petitions asking the White House to examine certain topics. If a petition receives 5000 endorsements, it gets a closer examination. This isn't anything like a guarantee of action, but at least it's something. If nothing else, it forces someone close to the seat of power to get familiar with the issue.
There is currently an active petition to "restart the Integral Fast Reactor nuclear power technology program". As of this posting, it has 465 out of the required 5000 signatures. I recommend that all readers of this blog, who are US citizens, take the following steps to sign the petition:
5000 signatures are required by October 29. That is about 300 signatures a day. We need to push this. Be part of it.
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