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Project PlowshareThe Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America$
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Scott Kaufman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451256

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451256.001.0001

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Back from the Dead?

Back from the Dead?

(p.224) Conclusion Back from the Dead?
Project Plowshare

Scott Kaufman

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter initially focuses on theoretical physicist Edward Teller's proposal to construct a waterway across the Kra Isthmus using nuclear explosives. At the time, Plowshare was in the process of its slow death. All aspects of the peaceful-use program, besides stimulation of natural gas, had perished—but Teller hoped to save it. Ultimately, the Kra Canal failed to materialize; yet, Plowshare still continued to draw interest in the United States. The environmental studies conducted in relation to Project Chariot, the isthmian canal, and other projects gave scientists valuable data on the flora, fauna, and people of the regions in question. Other developments, such as hydraulic fracturing, also raise the possibility of Plowshare's revival.

Keywords:   Edward Teller, Kra Isthmus, Plowshare, natural gas, Project Chariot, hydraulic fracturing

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