Will nuclear po…

Will nuclear power ever be too cheap to meter?

Anti nuclear activists have been using the catch phrase “Too cheap to meter” as the claim of nuclear enthusiasts. Though there were claims that the phrase was used for the first time by Walter Marshall former Chairman of the UK Central Electricity Generating Authority, there is evidence to show that it was first used by Lewis Strauss, former Chairman of the US Atomic Energy Commission. It was quoted then by The New York Times. It is found that the catch phrase is   being used even today by anti nuclear critics to show nuclear power in poor light.

My article traces the origin of  this phrase and attempts to show that the quote is presently made out of context.An enterprising researcher has collected opinions about the cost of nuclear power from prominent leaders before and after 1954, the year in which Strauss made his prediction and showed that nobody ever considered that nuclear power will ever be too cheap to meter.

I did a Google search using the catch phrase” Too cheap to meter” along with the prominent names of antinuclear critics as key words and showed that all of them were benefited by using the catch phrase. The more famous the critic is the greater the number of times they used the phrase.

I wrote an OP/ED titled “Will nuclear power ever be too cheap to meter?” and published in The Daily Star on April 26, 2012.

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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