World Affairs Discussion Luncheon to address U.S. Reliance on Nuclear Power

When: July 13, 2011

From: 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Topic – Should the U.S. Rely on Nuclear Power for its Future Energy Needs?

Speakers:  Greg Mello  (Harvey Mudd College, Harvard University)

and Paul W. Lisowski  (PhD, Duke University)

Location:  The Santa Fe Hilton, 100 Sandoval Street

Cost: $26 CIR Members; $32 Non-Members & Guests

Presently, the US relies mainly on carbon-based fuel for its vital resource, energy. Alternative energies such as wind and solar power may not grow rapidly enough to meet our need for renewable and emission-free energy.  Experts have argued that more nuclear power plants are needed to take up the slack.  But the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi has made everyone wonder whether more nuclear plants should be built.  Should the US do so?  Our speakers (Paul Lisowski and Greg Mello) will present different views on the issue.

Mello:   “Comparisons among all forms of generating electricity show that new nuclear power stations almost never make sense from the economic, climate protection, or security perspectives, or from the perspective of maintaining and enhancing the institutions of democracy.  I will argue that the industry would instantly collapse without continuation of the extensive taxpayer subsidies which have supported and  promoted nuclear power from the outset.  At its worst, nuclear power is simply a vehicle for concentrating political and economic power here and abroad. Energy production and conservation decisions are really about what kind of society and environment we will live in, who will rule, and what will matter.  Nuclear technologies enrich, at taxpayer expense, a few corporations and the few people working for them, but have dramatically harmful impacts on our climate, society, economy, and politics.”

Greg Mello  (Harvey Mudd College, Harvard University) – Greg Mello is a co-founder of the Los Alamos Study Group (and is its Secretary and Executive Director) and has led its varied activities since 1989, which have included policy research, environmental analysis, congressional education and lobbying, community organizing, litigation, advertising, and the nuts and bolts of running a small nonprofit. From time to time Greg has served  as a consulting analyst and writer for other nuclear policy organizations. Greg was originally educated as an engineer and regional planner. Greg led the first environmental enforcement at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a hydro geologist for the New Mexico Environment Department and later a consultant to industry.  In 1992, Greg was a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security. Greg’s research, analysis, and opinions have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Issues in Science and Technology, in the New Mexico press, and elsewhere.

Paul W. Lisowski (PhD, Duke University) – Dr. Lisowski joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1977.  During 29 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Lisowski held a broad range of technical and management positions,including leadership of the Neutron and Nuclear Science Group, and as National Project Director for the Accelerator Production of Tritium Project.  From January 2001 through August 2006, Dr. Lisowski served as Director of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), with overall responsibility for its facility operations and leadership.

In 2006, Dr. Lisowski joined the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fuel Cycle Management, providing day-to-day direction and management of the U.S. Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) Programs.  Currently, he provides consulting services on management, nuclear energy and related matters.  Among his honors, he has been named to the Sigma Xi Research Society of North America, received the Department of Energy Office of Engineering and Construction Management Major Systems Award for the Accelerator Production of Tritium Project, and has an Award of Excellence from DOE Defense Programs.

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