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EDWARD TELLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/12/1979 - HFSID 42471

EDWARD TELLER The "Father of the H Bomb" writes of nuclear energy and waste disposal in this signed letter TLS: "Edward Teller", 1p, 8½x11. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford, California, 1979 October 12. To Dennis Cooper.

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EDWARD TELLER
The "Father of the H Bomb" writes of nuclear energy and waste disposal in this signed letter
TLS: "Edward Teller", 1p, 8½x11. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford, California, 1979 October 12. To Dennis Cooper. In part: "I too suspect that we shall have a most difficult time if we do not utilize our nuclear energy potential. It is a source of energy which has already been developed, can begin to be a truly helpful source of energy within the immediate future, and…in the best long and short term interests of the world to use. You inquired about waste disposal. What you call 'denaturing' the wastes needs to be thought about a little differently. The 'nature' which needs to be prevented from entering our environment is the radioactivity which the nuclear fuels have intrinsically. So they cannot be denatured. You are right to suspect that a solution could be provided. In fact, there are currently several very good choices…I discuss my favorite in Energy From Heaven and Earth, a book on all forms of energy…Also, the American Physical Society published its report on nuclear waste disposal…The method I favor involves 'recycling' the heavy elements and incorporating the small unuseable (sic) portions in borosilicate glass (insoluble) for burial in a dry stable geological layer a mile underground…" Edward Teller (1908-2003), often referred to as the “Father of the Hydrogen Bomb”, was born in Hungary and educated in Germany before fleeing the Nazis. He worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic (fission) bomb, but was already looking forward to the even greater power which might be unleashed by nuclear fusion. Teller influenced U.S. Presidents of both parties with his advocacy of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and the Strategic Defense Initiative. Teller made headlines in 1954 when he testified that he, personally, did not trust nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer enough to renew his security clearance. As a result of this hearing, Oppenheimer, another one of the pioneering scientists behind nuclear weapons, had his United States security clearance revoked. In his memoirs, Teller observed: "I deeply regret the deaths and injuries that resulted from the atomic bombings, but my best explanation of why I do not regret working on weapons is a question: What if we hadn't?" Fine condition.

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