Walt Patterson On Energy


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In 1984 Hongkong Friends of the Earth commissioned me to write a report on the nuclear plant that China proposed to build at Daya Bay, less than 100km upwind from Hongkong. On 14- 17 March 1984 the South China Morning Post published the complete report. Now, thanks to the good offices of SCMP staff, you can download my report here. More than 30 years later the questions it raises still require answers.

You can now order my latest book, Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, online. The paperback is just £5.00 in the UK or $7.50 in the US, plus shipping; the ebook is just £3.00 in the UK or $4.40 in the US. On 11 November, at the Seoul International Energy Conference in South Korea, as chair of Mayor Park's Seoul International Energy Advisory Council, I gave a keynote address about the book entitled 'Rethinking Energy: Implementing The Global Future Locally Today'. On 12 November at Korea University I gave a lecture on 'Electricity Vs Fire'. If you enjoy Electricity Vs Fire do please spread the word about it, perhaps review it on Amazon, and let your friends know about it - particularly friends who find 'energy' and 'climate' boring. ('Energy' appears only halfway through the book, briefly, 'climate' not at all.) Indeed I'd also be pleased to hear from you. This work is continuing, and I greatly appreciate your interest.

I've also made exceptions to my usual rule of avoiding the latest nuclear nonsense. At a London conference 15 July called 'Sowing The Whirlwind': Nuclear Politics and the Historical Record I gave a presentation asking Whose History?: The Nuclear Kaleidoscope. On 4 December at University College London I gave a seminar on 'The Politics of Electricity and Nuclear'.

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