The Birth of a National Anti-Nuclear Movement
A Chapter from the Oral History of How the No Nukes Movement (1973-1982) Saved the United States and Maybe the World

Giordano, Al

Date Written:  08/05/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16279

“The year 1973 was the worst year for nuclear power,” Bill McGee, a retired nuclear industry spokesman, told us when he agreed to be interviewed for this book. “It’s just astonishing when you look back on it. When we built the Yankee Atomic plant in Rowe, Massachusetts, in 1960, everybody thought it was a great idea. It was there because Senator Jack Kennedy said, ‘Please build it here.’ Presidents, senators, congressmen, local people—all thought it was great. And we built six other plants. New England had, prior to 1972, seven plants making one third of the electricity in New England. And everybody thought it was a great idea. What happened?”

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