Einstein informs the president that research into "nuclear chains" could lead to the creation of powerful bombs. way to go Albert.
at the Brookhaven Lab, a reactor is made with the intent to use atomic energy for a peaceful purpose, this is the first of its kind. i sure hope that sticks
oh... never mind despite rushing to build enough bombs to blow half the planet's socks off in a millisecond, the president of the united states declares that the world should strive to find peaceful uses for atomic energy
President Hoover declares that at a prescribed date, the United states will cease nuclear weapon tests. the USA, of course, continues to make more nuclear weapons so that it can continue to not test them
in an absolutely shocking turn of events, the USA and USSR decide that Nuclear weapons make subpar mantle pieces. they both return to blowing them up. this time under ground
the Jersey central power and light company builds the first reactor to be constructed on "economic grounds" seems like a sound investment
Richard Nixon remembers the good old days of the Manhattan project when countless hapless scientists gifted humanity, the most emotionally unstable species to walk the planet with a cosmic backspace key. from this recollection, he somehow extrapolates that america could and should be free of foreign oil.
things nearly get pretty messy at the Three mile island nuclear plant. turns out, while atomic energy is great for flattening urban areas, such convenience may not be entirely translatable to powering a toaster. luckily it was only a partial meltdown. everyone agrees that it can't go any worse than it already has and forgets about it.
turns out it can. Chernobyl is gone and everyone begins to question whether nuclear power plants are safe.... they decide they had better build a few hundred more to be sure
the wolves in chernobyl are glowing.... residents insist they didn't used to do that. in response to this, the united states conducts an investigation into weather nuclear energy is safe.