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A tortoise approach for US nuclear research and development

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In Aesop’s fable, a swift hare races with a deliberate tortoise. In the end, the tortoise wins by taking a slow and steady approach. We argue that, given the economic constraints on US deployment of nuclear power, a ‘tortoise strategy’ is more prudent for US government nuclear R&D efforts.

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The authors thank G. Morgan, J. Lassiter, M. Bunn and A. Abdulla for helpful conversations.

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  1. Harvard University Center for the Environment, Cambridge, MA, USA

    • Michael J. Ford
    •  & Daniel P. Schrag
  2. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, USA

    • Michael J. Ford
    •  & Daniel P. Schrag
  3. Harvard University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA

    • Daniel P. Schrag

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