Author takes look at popular enthusiasm in atoms following bombing of Japan in 1940s

Journalist Kennedy Maize tackles the subject of wasteful spending in the pursuit of atomic energy in “Too Dumb to Meter: Follies, Fiascoes, Dead Ends and Duds on the U.S. Road to Atomic Energy”
(PR NewsChannel) / February 29, 2012 / KNOXVILLE, Md. 

Too Dumb to Meter

"Too Dumb to Meter" by Kennedy Maize

In his book “Too Dumb to Meter: Follies, Fiascoes, Dead Ends and Duds on the U.S. Road to Atomic Energy” (ISBN 1466420529), Kennedy Maize demonstrates the United States’ obsession with atoms and how the government’s technological and political arrogance has wasted billions of dollars, millions of hours of effort and much of the public’s confidence in pursuit of the unattainable.

Maize, a journalist with more than four decades of experience covering energy issues and energy politics in the U.S., draws a comprehensive history of the misguided and mismanaged projects created in the name of fostering uses for atomic energy in the post-World War II era. He makes it clear that these poorly constructed projects demonstrated the government’s incompetence at being able to create marketplace technology that could be valuable and useful.

The book also explores the intersection of science and public policy, particularly in relation to the U.S. government’s energy industry. Maize explores the creation of the Atomic Energy Commission and the congressional Joint Committee of Atomic Energy, showing how the programs undertaken by these committees failed under the direction of the federal government.

Drawing from a lifetime of experience, Maize has established his credibility on the subject of energy and uses his knowledge to inform his readers through his book.

“Today, energy subsidies such as the Department of Energy’s Solyndra fiasco are in the news,” Maize says. “But U.S. government energy subsidies have a long history and this book takes a look at some of the strangest and most feckless.”

“Too Dumb to Meter: Follies, Fiascoes, Dead Ends and Duds on the U.S. Road to Atomic Energy” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Kennedy Maize is an energy journalist who has covered energy policy, politics and technology. He has reported on such events as the disaster at Fukushima and the Department of Energy’s technology subsidies. Maize has also reported for various publications including Power magazine, Managing Power magazine and Electricity Daily, and is the founding editor of the latter two publications.

Kennedy Maize
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