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At the age of 14, Wilson became the youngest person ever to create nuclear fusion.
"I thought, 'Why could you not design a nuclear reactor that had no inclination to release radioactive material?'" he said. "So that's what I set out to do. I set out to save the world with nuclear power."
Now 19, Wilson believes the future of nuclear is in small-scale modular reactors that simply can't melt down like current ones.
Wilson's reactor uses molten salt as a coolant and is entirely sealed.
"You can actually drain the contents into a subcritical dump tank where nuclear reactions can't take place," he explained. "In no situation, properly engineered, should this release radiation into the environment."
The government recently gave half a billion dollars to companies developing similar modular technology. Wilson believes his design could be on the market in five years.
The nuclear industry has also turned to lobbyists to help it rebrand its image, releasing new ads, hiring three prominent former senators and a former chief of staff for President Barack Obama. It has formed the group Nuclear Matters, which has taken out print advertisements in national newspapers in order to raise awareness about nuclear energy.
But for many environmental activists, nuclear energy remains beyond redemption, and they consider the environmentalists who back it sellouts.
"When we produce something that is so toxic and so lethal, it's a crime," Seeley said. "It's a foul deed against the living Mother Earth. And it's wrong."
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