Walt Patterson On Energy


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I'm delighted to announce that my latest book, Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, is now free to download here as an ebook or a PDF. The paperback is also still available from Amazon, just £5.00 in the UK or $7.50 in the US, plus shipping.

Last 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'. At Korea University I gave a lecture on 'Electricity Vs Fire'. The February-March 2016 issue of the Chatham House monthly The World Today published my article on 'The Burning Issue'.

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.

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.

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

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