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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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Plowshare Goes Down Under

Plowshare Goes Down Under

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Project Plowshare

Scott Kaufman

Cornell University Press

This chapter details how Project Plowshare, and the hope of atomic construction of an isthmian canal, faltered. In the years following Plowshare's inception, officials from France, the United Kingdom, Israel, Romania, Thailand, the United Arab Republic, and Indonesia all had expressed interest in it. Attendees at a March 1967 Plowshare meeting used that sentiment to gain worldwide support for their particular programs. However, some of the projects were comparable to building an isthmian canal, making them impossible under the provisions of the Limited Test Ban Treaty. The chapter also shows how a US–Indian Plowshare program would further complicate the already worldwide problem of nuclear proliferation. As it turned out, there was a similar problem in Australia, which had asked for US help in building a harbor. The collapse of the Australian harbor project and continued lack of support from the US government for conducting excavation experiments eventually led to the Plowshare's downturn.

Keywords:   Project Plowshare, Plowshare meeting, isthmian canal, Limited Test Ban Treaty, US–Indian Plowshare program, Austraian harbor project

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