The Perversion of Power

Hill, Lister
July 1954
New Republic;7/19/54, Vol. 131 Issue 3, p14
This article focuses on electric power generation in the U.S. On June 17, 1954 after five months of waiting, the meaning of the U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's budget message with respect to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) became crystal dear. No money was requested in the budget to provide new generating capacity on the TVA power system. As an alternative, the message stated that "arrangements are being made to reduce, by the fall of 1957, existing commitments" of the TVA to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) by 500,000 to 600,000 kilowatts. In the same budget message the U.S. Congress and the public were advised that the decision was contingent not only upon the success of these arrangements to find another power supplier for AEC at Paducah but also upon the assumption that there would be no increase in the total national-defense demands on the TVA power system.


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