New York Times’ Matthew Wald to Chair Nuclear Power and Coal Forum

October 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On October 29, ELI will hold the principal policy event of its 40th anniversary year, the ELI-Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum. The topic this year will explore whether expanded use of nuclear power and coal is inevitable in our climate-constrained future, and if so, how best to manage them.

This issue has gained greater salience in recent years, as advances in technology promise a new generation of safer nuclear reactors and the possibility of sequestering coal emissions. In 2007, Sir Patrick Moore, the founder of Greenpeace, proclaimed that nuclear power is essential to combating climate change. Producers of coal maintain that it is impossible to ignore the most-abundant fossil fuel — and that it can compete with lower-carbon energy sources.

The Hon. Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will be among the panelists participating in the Forum. Representing an entirely different viewpoint, Wellinghoff once told reporters, “we may not need any, ever,” referring to new coal and nuclear power plants. State regulators, meanwhile, are responsible to ratepayers and pollution control mandates. Environmental organizations have mostly opposed expanded use of both energy sources, but that opinion is by no means monolithic.

To represent the diversity of this debate, the following panelists will contribute to the Forum:

Matthew L. Wald, New York Times energy reporter (Moderator)

Peter Bradford, Vice-Chair, Union of Concerned Scientists

Hon. Garry Brown, Chairman, New York State Public Service Commission

Alex Flint, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Nuclear Energy Institute

Mike Morris, President and CEO, American Electric Power

Hon. Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

WHEN: October 29, 2009, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Speakers will begin promptly at 4:00 PM

WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel

Hampton Ballroom

2500 Calvert St NW

Washington, DC 20008

RSVP: This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. To reserve, e-mail bkitchen@eli.org. Please reserve by October 23, 2009.

SOURCE Environmental Law Institute

Source: newswire

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