Nirmal K. Bhatt* and Peter Heller
Edited by Kelly Hills-Muckey and Bertrand J. Neyhouse
Review | Aug. 31 2023
- The Manhattan Project was driven by one person commanding a centrally controlled bureaucracy that had access to virtually unlimited funds and the brightest scientists and engineers across the U.S. No project in the history of humanity matches the Manhattan Project.
- Current U.S. policy has made strides on climate and has centered community input and direction for domestic policy, but large-scale investments are still required both domestically and internationally.
- The Manhattan Project approach is effective at providing technological solutions but is not set up to encourage collaboration and relies on the product of the project to be the solution for every problem, an approach that does not work with climate change.
- Climate change requires a ‘technology-neutral’ approach where all possible technologies are pursued across sectors (renewable energy, nuclear fusion, synthetic fuels, hydrogen, etc.), and it must be combined with policy shifts and financial resources to reshape human society.
- A mixed project framework that draws on the strengths of the Manhattan Project (government support, financial resources) along with infrastructure and social projects such as the New Deal and the Marshall Plan (large investments in infrastructure domestically and internationally) would be powerful in combating climate change.
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