Even if you build the perfect reactor, you're still saddled with a people problem and an equipment problem.
For how many people do you think might yet stand on this planet before the sun grows cold? That's the responsibility we hold in our hands.
I was actually telling people that - by harnessing the atom - we could enter a new era of unlimited power that would do away with the need to dam our beautiful streams.
It's very hard for me to know what to say about fusion right now, inasmuch as it is not yet scientifically feasible. I just can't understand how so many people are able to predict so much about something that still isn't scientifically possible.
Once we open the door to the plutonium economy, we expose ourselves to absolutely terrible, horrifying risks from these people.
They simply don't know that much about what they're doing. There isn't enough control. There isn't enough capability in ordinary people to tinker with such a complicated piece of machinery.
What's even more unsettling is the way these people hide what they're doing from the public. They strip the labels off miracle wheat when they ship it, for instance, and say, 'Watch out. Don't plant too much and don't depend on it too much.
When people say, 'You're not being realistic,' they're just trying to tag some thoughts that they can't otherwise handle.
There are many different kinds of radioactive waste and each has its own half-life so, just to be on the safe side and to simplify matters, I base my calculations on the worst one and that's plutonium.
At that time a senator who was on the Joint Committee of Atomic Energy said rather quietly, 'You know, we're having a little problem with waste these days.' I didn't know what he meant then, but I know now.
It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it.
Understanding how DNA transmits all it knows about cancer, physics, dreaming and love will keep man searching for some time.
It is absolutely imperative that we protect, preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it.
The risk presented by these lethal wastes is like no other risk, and we should not be expected to accept it or to project it into the future in order for manufacturers and utilities to make a dollar killing now.
Until four years ago, in fact, I was absolutely in love with the atom.