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Why Nuclear Weapons Are Good For America: A Playboy Interview With H-Bomb Creator Edward Teller
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Why Nuclear Weapons Are Good For America: A Playboy Interview With H-Bomb Creator Edward Teller

This article originally appeared in the August 1979 issue of playboy magazine. In October 1959, our very first editorial statement, “The Contaminators,” warned against the dangers of radioactivity–in that case, from nuclear-bomb-test fallout. In the intervening years, we have provided a forum, through the **Playboy Interview** and elsewhere in the magazine, for proponents of soft-energy alternatives to nuclear power: environmentalist Barry Commoner, actor/solar-energy crusader Robert Redford, actress/activist Jane Fonda. Now, in the wake of “The China Syndrome,” the near catastrophe at Three Mile Island and, in the biggest demonstration since Vietnam, the march of some 65,000 persons on Washington demanding that nuclear power plants be shut down, it seems an appropriate time to probe the other side of the argument. We have chosen to present an interview with the man who is perhaps nuclear energy’s most outspoken advocate, Edward Teller–the so-called father of the H-bomb. An…

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