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Can you tell the difference?

This photo is from the pro-nuclear rally in Jackson today:



This one is from the anti-nuclear protest a short time later:



Hint: Count the heads!

Comments

Kevin McCoy said…
Lisa, I had read about anti-nukes who used an ice sculpture of a nuclear power plants as part of a publicity stunt, so I was pleased to finally see a picture of such a sculpture. Pretty cool, huh?

My understanding of the symbolism is perhaps a bit different from that of the antis. Ice is commonly used to cool something that is too warm. So the message I get from the picture is that the antis are saying, "The solution to global warming is sitting right here in front of us, and we refuse to admit it."
Paul Gunter said…
Pretty cool, Entergy bussed a bunch of Grand Goof employees to Jackson.
Anonymous said…
Wow Paul, that kind of creative name calling is sure to convince a lot of people to take up the "No Nukes" mantra ... very professional!
So Paul, did the cost of your trip to Mississippi come out of your own pocket or did NIRS pay for it?

Yes, there were some Entergy employees there. I don't know how many attended, but at least a few of them located in Jackson used their lunch hour to attend the rally. But even if there were nuclear professionals from Grand Gulf in attendance, what does that prove? Entergy employees are the people closest to the operation of the plant. If the claims of antinuclear activists are true, their health and safety, and that of their families are the most at-risk. If the people closest to operations are confident enough in the safety and security of the plant to publicly support new nuclear, I believe it is a powerful demonstration to the layperson that the risks are manageable.

Furthermore, my colleagues from Virginia used their own vacation time and paid their own expenses for the trip. NA-YGN members in North Carolina volunteered their time to make posters for the rally. There are many examples of people volunteering their time and their money to support new nuclear power because they believe it should remain an important part of a balanced energy mix in the this country.

In short, to posit that anyone that supports nuclear power must be a lackey of the big bad corporations is a flimsy, and offensive, attempt to attack the messenger.

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