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AAEA President and Son Booted From Climate Conference

Here's an incredible story: After attending the Southeast Convergence for Climate Action for a full two days, Norris McDonald, head of the African-American Environmentalist Association, and his son Sandy were asked to leave the event by conference organizers. Click here for the whole story.

In the meantime, here's a video clip of McDonald's son, Sandy, describing how he felt about getting booted from the meeting:

Comments

Anonymous said…
Anti-nukes being racist? Well, I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked.

/sarc
gunter said…
In all the time that I was protesting the construction of the Seabrook nuclear power plant 1975-1990, one of the very few pro-nuke rallies ever held at the construction site was by the real Ku Klux Klan. Great photographs.

gunter
Stephen said…
I think that says a lot about the "environmental" movement. They're anti-nuclear by religion. They don't like nuclear energy as it is. They don't want to consider the possibility that it could be something useful. They don't even want to entertain the thought.

If you came out and said "We just discovered a way to produce limitless energy from hydrogen-1 nuclear fusion" it would not matter, because it has the word "nuclear" in it.

That's just unacceptable. If they disagree in the end, fine. But if you actually cared about the environment then you'd want to at least consider all options and let them stand on their won merit.

Or... am I missing something?
gunter said…
Stephen,

What it says is that we are consistent.

You did miss something... several somethings,actually, but how about just as there was no scientifically approved long term management for high level radioactive waste in 1975 there is still no scientifically accepted plan for long term management. So it should not have been commercialized then and it certainly should not be commercially expanded today without a proven management plan.

gunter
rsm said…
While I am impressed that the climate youth movement is focusing on banning coal, it still appears that they have not come to terms with what is needed to replace fossil fuels. I hear them advocate solar and wind comibned with an advanced grid. However, they have not shown that this is the least cost way of getting rid of the carbon.
Anonymous said…
I find highly insulting Mr. McDonald's ASSUMPTION that the anti-nuclear activists were racists, based solely on his past experience with other antinuclear activists. Isn't that the definition of "prejudice" -- to pre-judge someone because you know what "these people" are like?

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