People across the political spectrum are agreeing that we have to reduce our dependence on oil. But what's the best solution to the problem?
Nuclear energy has been hailed as a cheap and effective alternative energy source, but what are the safety risks associated with nuclear plants? What can we do with the waste? How is France, a country that relies heavily on nuclear power, dealing with these concerns?
Come find out everything you need to know about going nuclear from a panel of experts with a variety of opinions and perspectives- The Commonwealth Club of California
Ralph Cavanagh is a senior attorney and co-director of NRDC's energy program, which he joined in 1979. In addition, Ralph has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard and a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford and UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and from 1993-2003 he served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. His current board memberships include the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the California Clean Energy Fund, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Renewable Northwest Project, the Northwest Energy Coalition, and the Sustainable Energy Advisory Board of Texas-based Energy Future Holdings. Ralph has received the Heinz Award for Public Policy, the Yale Law School's Preiskel-Silverman Fellowship, the Lifetime Achievement in Energy Efficiency Award from California's Flex Your Power Campaign, the Headwaters Award from the Northwest Energy Coalition, and the Bonneville Power Administration's Award for Exceptional Public Service. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School. He is married to Deborah Rhode, who is the MacFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.
Angie Howard is the Vice President in the Office of the President and Executive Adviser to the President of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Howard, who joined NEI in 1996, has had previous responsibilities for the organization's communications, external affairs and member relations activities.
Before joining NEI, Howard was vice president and director of industry relations and information services for the Atlanta-based Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).
She also was involved in the formation of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and the development of communications activities for the WANO-Atlanta Center, which is collocated with INPO. Before joining INPO in 1980, she was employed by Duke Power Company from 1969 to 1980.
Lindsay Riddell is a reporter or the San Francisco Business Times.
Geoffrey Rothwell has taught at Stanford since 1986. He is a senior lecturer and director of the honors programs in the Department of Economics and the Public Policy Program.
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, 1985-1986.
He has published dozens of articles on all aspects of nuclear economics, including the front and back ends of the nuclear fuel cycle, and nuclear power plant construction and operating costs, productivity, reliability, and decommissioning.
His current research focuses on nuclear power competitiveness under electricity deregulation, industry restructuring, and carbon dioxide emissions reduction.