Great Lakes Clean Energy Roundtable (May 14/11)

I attended this excellent event last Saturday in Dearborn, Michigan. It was sponsored by Sierra Club - S.E. Michigan Group, Sierra Club of Canada, Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear Issues Committee & Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination Lots of great speakers!! (Full agenda is below.)

Here are links to YouTubes of 4 of the presentations. These are excellent presentations, btw, & I recommend that anyone who wants to understand the current nuclear scene in North America watch them. The Chernobyl & Fukushima accidents also inevitably come up.

Keynote presentation by Dr. Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (touches on all aspects of the nuclear issue: history of the nuclear industry, the difference between radiation & radioactivity, internal vs. external radiation, children in Japan now being exposed to as much radiation as atomic workers in Germany, deliberate obfuscation used by the nuclear industry, "engineering euphoria," the fact that all discoveries about health impacts come from outside the nuclear industry, etc. etc.)

Presentation by Lynn Ehrle (Chair of the International Science Oversight Board of the Organic Consumers Association) on the new book about the Chernobyl accident. (The book is called Chernobyl - Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, by Alexey V. Yablokov, Vassily Nesterenko & Alexey V. Nesterenko.) The posting I did on April 26th gives details on how to order the book, & since it costs only $10. per copy,  I recommend it!

Presentation by Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear: Radioactive Roulette on the Great Lakes: Davis-Besse Plant (the nuclear hot spots map to which he refers can be found on the Beyond Nuclear site here )

Presentation by Michael J. Keegan of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes - Dangers of Nuclear Energy & the Fermi 3 Plants in Monroe, Michigan.


Agenda 8:30 - Registration 9:00 - 9:10 - Welcome 9:10 - 9:25 - Lynn Ehrle, Chair of the International Science Oversight Board of the Organic Consumers Association: “A Critical New Book on the Human Health and Environmental Impacts of Chernobyl" 9: 30 - 9:45 - Music - Victor McManemy, Great Lakes Songwriter and Musician 9:50 - 10:40 - Keynote Speaker: Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., President of Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility: "Radioactive Contamination of the Earth - Accidental or Deliberate?" 10:40 - 11:00 -  Break 11:00- 11:40 - Brennain Lloyd, Community Organizer with Northwatch: “A Deep Radioactive Dump Beside Lake Huron?" 11:45 - 12:25 - Kevin Kamps and Gordon Edwards: “Radioactive Wreck: U.S. and Canadian Nuclear Waste Policy” 12:25 - 1:10 - Lunch 1:10 - 1:50 - Michael Keegan, Chair, Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes, "Why We Should Oppose a New Reactor in Monroe, Michigan." 1:55 - 2:15 - Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Beyond Nuclear "Radioactive Roulette on the shores of the Great Lakes: Davis-Besse” 2:20 - 2:35 - Greg Laskowsky, Lead Instructor, Energy Technology, Energy and Technology Department, Henry Ford Community College: "Henry Ford Community College’s Renewable Energy Program - A History and Introduction.” 2:35- 2:50 - Break 2:50 - 3:30 - Kathleen Law, Former Michigan legislator who introduced the first European-style legislation in North America, since adopted by Ontario: “How to Make Clean Local Energy Accessible” 3:35 - 4:05 - Full Panel on relevant legislation and ways to impact government on energy issues 4:05 - 4:25 - Questions from the audience 4:25 - 4:45 - Closing - followed by music, Victor McManemy 4:45 - 5:00 - Visit with speakers, visit tables