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Join the Nuclear Power Debate

April 12, 2021—You can join the nuclear debate! At 6 pm Central time (7 pm Eastern) this coming Saturday, author Nancy Spannaus will address the free speech group College of Complexes on her recent post, “Expand Nuclear Power Now!” The presentation and discussion are open to the general public, and can be accessed at the zoom code: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81216467150 

Join the Nuclear Debate!

The endangered Diablo nuclear plant in California.

Spannaus’s talk is part of a lecture series on environmental issues being hosted by the college around Earth Day events. The April 10th presentation featured Pete Dove, a retired master mariner with extensive experience in the Texas energy industry, who discussed the reasons for the recent near-failure of that state’s energy grid. Dove concluded that nuclear energy was crucial for solving the problems which will arise from expected future extreme weather events. More information on Dove’s speech and upcoming events can be found at http://www.collegeofcomplexes.org/

Spannaus is the author of Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics. She has consistently promoted nuclear power on her blog, americansystemnow.com.

The invitation to this discussion features the following quote from Spannaus:  “It is not only necessary, but urgent that the new Administration and U.S. Congress act immediately to expand investment in nuclear power. Such an investment conforms perfectly with Alexander Hamilton’s principles for the American System in two crucial ways. First, it puts the “mechanical genius” of the American people to work in the most advanced, efficient, and safe means of producing energy yet invented. Second, it fulfills the responsibility of the Federal government to stimulate technological progress and prosperity for our nation today, and its posterity.”

The timeliness of this event is underscored by the recent release of President Biden’s infrastructure proposal, which aims, among other things, to address the deficiencies in the nation’s energy grid. Spannaus argues that these deficiencies, in addition to the need for a vast expansion of electricity usage for upgrades such as electrified high-speed rail, can only be overcome by 1) saving today’s nuclear fleet; 2) speeding the evaluation and then construction of the next generation of nuclear plants, including small modular reactors; and 3) intensified investment in research and development of nuclear fusion technology.

The need to expand U.S. nuclear power has gained increased support in Congress recently, and, notably, was included as a viable energy source in the recent Democratic Party platform for the first time in 70 years. But the public discussion is woefully lacking.

Take the opportunity to learn at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81216467150 this Saturday, April 17, at 7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central.

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