Nuclear Power Before and After Fukushima
Around 115 people were present at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum on Tuesday evening for Stephanie Cooke’s talk about nuclear power expansion and book signing for her recently released work In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age. Her presentation lasted for about 45 minutes, moving the audience to laughter and shock as she recounted the worldwide push for the expansion of nuclear programs, which are highly volatile and prone to catastrophic accidents, focusing particularly on the growth of the Japanese nuclear program that led to the meltdown at the Fukushima plant. Cooke notably talked of the “cozy, incestuous” relationship that exists between the utilities, regulators and the industries, with people moving in a revolving door between all three of these sectors” to emphasize that the renaissance of nuclear power has been about profitability for a few over the safety of many.
The event closed with a 15 minute question and answer session, with audience members raising diverse and numerous concerns regarding the stability and safety of nuclear power plants. The reading, co-sponsored by Georgia WAND, Nuclear Watch South, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, closed with an opportunity to purchase and have signed a copy of Cooke’s book. Georgia WAND would like to thank our co-hosts for this event as well as everyone who came out to participate in this great event.
See the below video, a conversation with Ms. Cooke from the Nuclear Committee Meeting on June 7
See Cooke's entire talk in the following 5-part video series:
Join us for an evening with Stephanie Cooke, author of In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age. Cooke will read selections from the book and speak on nuclear power and the impacts of the Fukushima disaster before a question and answer session with the audience. A book signing will follow.
FREE ~ Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 7 PM ~ OPEN TO ALL
(doors open 6:30, book signing following)
Join us after the program for dinner at Manuel's Tavern
Cooke has covered the nuclear industry for over 30 years. In 1980 she moved from her job as a reporter to McGraw-Hill in New York as an associate editor for the industry newsletters Nucleonics Week, NuclearFuel and Inside N.R.C., later becoming chief editor. In 1984 she transferred to London and two years later covered the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident for Business Week and NucleonicsWeek. She is currently an editor of Uranium Intelligence Weekly, and a contributor to The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.