The history of nuclear energy is littered with rumors and feints. At the tail end of 1957, the industry’s American trade journal offered up this snippet:
This was at a time when Argentina was about to start up its first teensy weensy research reactor. Students were being trained, locally and overseas, for nuclear work. The nation was not even close to properly considering power reactors. The idea that a sizable reactor, of hitherto unexamined design, could be built in under three years and financed at no cost beyond what a conventional power plant would entail … well, it is ludicrous. Unsurprisingly, I’ve never heard of J. Christensen Financial, before or since.