Anya LoukianovaNukes to Lightbulbs

The amazing Laura Holgate (with Robert Schultz) and the great Pavel Podvig are crossing swords over at the web edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The issue: Megatons to Megawatts.

Say Holgate/Schultz:

As Pavel Podvig points out in his July Bulletin Web-Edition column, the US-Russia “Megatons to Megawatts” program that is designed to eliminate 500 metric tons of HEU has been one of the most successful and cost-effective programs to reduce nuclear danger. Nonetheless, Podvig argues that extending or expanding the program could increase the risk of nuclear terrorism. Quite simply, he is wrong—his conclusion failing to take into account several key points that add up to a compelling case for moving faster and farther to eliminate HEU and its inherent risks.

Go have a read.

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