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Bill Gates in Search of Nuclear Nirvana

Bill Gates originally became famous (and rich) for co-founding Microsoft; more recently, he’s become better known, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as a philanthropist working to improve global health and sustainable economic growth. But Gates is also passionate about fighting global warming, and he’s has become a leading proponent for a revolutionary nuclear reactor design. His firm TerraPower envisions a reactor with, “inexhaustible renewable and eminently economic nuclear energy in quantities sufficient for ...10 billion people at United States per capita (consumption) levels.” In short, Gates is on a quest to build a safe, almost waste-free approach that does not contribute to nuclear weapons proliferation.

photo credit: JL Johnson

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