Thursday, August 17, 2017
Thorium Energy Alliance Conference this weekend
The Thorium Energy Alliance Conference in St. Louis
The Thorium Energy Alliance will take place in St. Louis starting this weekend. I signed up to attend long ago, but people are still joining right now. Here's the link to the website. I encourage you to attend if you can!
Much of the conference will be about molten salt reactors, of course. But there will be much more! More than two hours of how-to-do-advocacy workshops, led by leading advocates such as Eric Meyer of Generation Atomic and Heather Matteson of Mothers for Nuclear. (I will be a co-leader in one of the sessions.) There will be great talks by many authors. One of the featured talks is by Victoria Bruce, and people who register for the meeting will get her latest book, free with their registration. Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America's Technological Soul, and One Man's Fight to Bring it Home. Mathijs Becker will be a speaker. He will be here from the Netherlands. He is the author of one of the few books debunking Jacobson's "100% renewables" claims (The Non-Solutions Project) as well as posting an excellent youtube channel, the Nuclear Humanist.
It will be a great conference. But why should you come?
A Conference that is truly for the "Rest of Us"
I have been to many pro-nuclear conferences, and I love them all. Most of the conferences are sponsored by an industry group.
Sometimes, these conferences don't feel very welcoming to people who are not in the industry. This conference feels very different. Some of the speakers are from industry (EPRI advanced reactor group), and some are from industry start-ups (ThorCon, Elysium, Terrestrial and others). However, many speakers and attendees are "just" nuclear advocates. They are people who have never worked in the nuclear industry, but have a presence in the world of advocacy, ideas and books engaged with new versions of nuclear power.
The "just advocates" are the most important people at the conference, in my opinion. They are the group that can reach out to other groups, and to their neighbors.
This is a very welcoming conference. I encourage you to attend.
Note: if you are defending an existing nuclear plant, you will be right at home. You don't have to be a molten salt maven to get a lot out of this conference. For example, I could annotate the list of speakers, giving examples of the important and brave things various speakers have done in defense of our current fleet of reactors. Look at the bottom of the conference page for the list of speakers.
Another note: The conference will include a break for Eclipse Viewing. How many conferences are planned around something like that?
This will be a great conference. I hope to see some of you there. Here's the conference link, again:
Thorium Energy Alliance Conference 8