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A gift from the gods or an evil genie burst from its bottle?

Since the explosive dawn of nuclear energy, the world has viewed it with both shock and awe.

With the spread of global nuclear power came the promise of electricity “too cheap to meter.” But the risks that went with it brought catastrophic accidents like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl — the 25th anniversary of which is next month.

In the 21st century, fear of climate change gradually nudged nuclear power onto the side of the angels. Clean, efficient, reliable and, yes, safe, trumpeted the multi-billion-dollar industry, predicting...

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