Monday, January 24, 2011

Gwyneth Cravens In Burlington

Gwyneth Cravens gave two talks in Burlington on January 20. The evening talk was recorded by CCTV of Burlington.

Concerned about the devastating impacts on public health and the environment caused by fossil-fuel combustion, environmental writer Gwyneth Cravens concludes that nuclear is the only large-scale, practical, environmentally friendly, nonpolluting energy source available. Her book Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy documents her findings which are shared in this first 2011 Sheraton Economic Series presentation.



4 comments:

Jeff Schmidt said...

Meredith,

Were you able to get any state legislators to come to the presentation? I know you had expressed an interest in getting some of them to (hopefully) hear what she had to say - I hope that worked out.

Of any legislators in attendance, were you able to get any feedback/response from them, to gauge whether any of them might have been giving any reconsideration of their opinions with regards to Nuclear Power?

Jeff Schmidt said...

Just a tech note about this blog post: could you make the 'height' attribute for the iframe that holds the video, a bit larger? It appears there's stuff being 'cut off' the bottom of the iframe, right after where it says "CCTV Center for Media & Democracy".

Meredith Angwin said...

Jeff

Yes I was able to get legislators to come to the meeting. There were about twenty of them there. Unfortunately, they were Republicans. Nothing against Republicans! But I would have dearly liked a mix since the legislature has a Democratic majority.

About the video. I'm scared to touch it! I could barely get it up on the site, and a friend who was trying to link to it was completely unsuccessful. Can you see it all right?

Best,
Merdith

Jeff Schmidt said...

Meredith,

Yeah, the video itself shows up - there's just some text underneath which gets cut off, but it's not that important - the video is the important part.

Well, perhaps some of the legislators who didn't show up will at least watch the video - we can hope, anyhow. I know it can be discouraging if the only people who show up are already pro-nuclear - can feel like your preaching to the choir, and not getting the word out.

I think it's vitally important for someone who is a legislator (or in a similar position of power), to keep an open mind and be willing to listen to 'dissenting opinions', particularly on a topic as incredibly important as energy supply. Here's to hoping some of them may yet come around, as a result of the video, or book.