What is an energy box?

Walker Cisler, an energetic, debonair electricity utility executive during the early years of nuclear power, penned a biography of sorts in 1976. He writes engagingly but I haven’t ended up using his material much, simply because other sources trump his. At one point he writes about the new Japanese market, which he obviously claims to have opened up for America, and refers to the Lucky Dragon incident, in which an American H-bomb test radioactively poisoned a fisherman.

This incident produced widespread revulsion in the country. But I spoke in Tokyo and Osaka on the work of the Atomic Industrial Forum and of the Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development, both dedicated to using nuclear products for constructive work, and my energy box was as helpful to them as to the American ambassadors. … The following year I returned to help establish the Japanese counterparts of the forum and the fund. The United States government could not talk convincingly because its record of atomic destruction was too great, but private businessmen could work cooperatively.

Cisler, Walker Lee, and James P. McCormick. 1976. A Measurable Difference: The Reminiscences of Walker Lee Cisler. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, p. 112.

That final sentence indicates that Cisler, who traveled widely to nuclear-interested countries, effectively worked as a limb of the U.S. government, which I find fascinating.

But my first reaction on reading the above paragraph was: What the heck is an “energy box”? I never did find out and I guess I’ll never know.

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