Should the U.S. Expand Nuclear Capacity? Find out April 14

April 2nd, 2009 by Adam
Paul Gunter
Paul Gunter photo by Albert Nunez, Capital Sun Group, Ltd.

Plymouth.N.H. — “After more than 30 years without a single new reactor order in the United States, and what was described by Forbes Magazine as the largest managerial disaster in business history, the nuclear industry is poised for a global comeback in new reactor construction,” according to Paul Gunter.

Gunter will address questions of nuclear power in his talk, A Change in the Weather: Why Nuclear Power Is Still Not the Answer, Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at Plymouth State University. Gunter’s talk is presented by the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series.

The 2009 Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University is examining how activism is taking shape in the 21st century. An activist and energy policy analyst, Gunter has been an ardent critic of atomic power development for more than 32 years.

“A recommitment to an increasingly costly and dangerous nuclear resurgence will divert and squander resources and time from more effective and affordable renewable and efficient technologies,” Gunter said. “Simultaneously, a relapse to the 20th Century’s failed atomic technology threatens to accelerate the global proliferation of nuclear weapons, burden future generations with mountains of unmanaged nuclear waste, create more radioactive targets around the world and increase the risk of more unacceptable Chernobyl catastrophes.”

Paul Gunter is director of the Reactor Oversight Project for Beyond Nuclear at Nuclear Policy Research Institute. He is responsible for all aspects of the nuclear fuel chain with a special focus on reactor operations.

Gunter is a 2008 recipient of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehman Award for environmental activism. He served 16 years as director of the Reactor Watchdog Project for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. He is a lead spokesperson on nuclear reactor hazards and security issues and acts as the regulatory watchdog over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry.

In 1976 he was a co-founder of the antinuclear Clamshell Alliance ( to oppose the construction of the Seabrook, New Hampshire nuclear power plant through non-violent direct action.

Gunter will speak in the Smith Recital Hall on the PSU campus. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

The next speaker in the series will be Ann Malone, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, speaking on Which Way for National Health Care Reform—Putting People’s Needs before Corporate Profits.

Malone directs the Alliance to Defend Health Care, a Boston-based group that unites multidisciplinary health professionals with the public to engage in health reform advocacy to make comprehensive, affordable and quality health care a guaranteed right for everyone.

Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. For information contact Professor Mark Fischler, or log on to

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