Richard Branson is urging the US government to help commercialise a controversial class of nuclear reactor, according to a letter seen by the Guardian asking for a meeting with President Barack Obama and US energy secretary Steven Chu.
The White House declined the meeting to discuss integral fast reactors (IFRs), which proponents say offer a way of dealing with nuclear waste, although no working commercial reactors are in operation.
the move brings the intriguing prospect of a race to develop nuclear
technology between Branson and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose
new company TerraPower is developing another type of next-generation nuclear technology known as the travelling wave reactor.
we urgently need to come up with a clean effective way of supplying
our energy since not only are the dirty ways like oil running out but
we need to do so to help avoid the world heating up," Branson told the