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10.03.2007

Energy, Power Generation and Nature

The economics of power generation and America's energy future was the topic of conversation at last night's Village Square dinner. Not unlike a college lecture complete with Power Point, speakers gave their opinions, none of which were particularly new or thought provoking, leaving a small window of time for questions from the audience.

Speakers were Bill Herrington, former senior vice president of the Orlando Utility Commission, Peter Bradford, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission member and vice chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Jim Rossi, law professor and associate dean for research at Florida State University.

What was billed as an opportunity for learning and civil discourse was more like a decent Commonwealth Club Lecuture heard on NPR radio. The room at St. John's Episcopal Church was filled, dinner was good and the information was solid. However, the mainstream presentations sparked few questions of real interest and there was no conversation between audience member and speaker.

Still, the folks who organized The Village Square are to be commended for getting folks together and providing the forum.

The next forum will be January 8, 2008, the topic is Energy Alternatives a la carte: Fossils and Sunshine and Garbage, oh my!


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