In his article "This Nuclear Option Is Nuclear, The cost of fads and superstition" he looks back at the dawn of the atomic-age:
"In September 1942, the federal government purchased 59,000 acres of wilderness in eastern Tennessee and built an instant city—streets, housing, schools, shops, and the world's most sophisticated scientific facilities. This was—is—Oak Ridge." ... "And, in a sense, all uses of nuclear power began in that state."
Oak Ridge is the birth place of the best known (and demonstrated) technique for efficient exploitation of thorium for energy production, the molten-salt reactor, also known as the LFTR.
This Nuclear Option Is Nuclear, The cost of fads and superstitionNewsweek.com by George F. Will