Chip Gerrity, President of the New Jersey International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was at the "forum" and shares his thoughts:
The event moderated by actor Alec Baldwin, for reasons that are completely unclear to the writer, was attended by those that oppose the re-licensing of the plant and pretended to be an open forum for discussion. However, nothing could be further from the truth.You can read the rest here. For previous posts on Mr. Baldwin and the so-called Oyster Creek "forum," click here.
There were three individuals permitted to speak in support of Oyster Creek and nuclear power in general. The first was a teenage girl who was cut off in mid-sentence when she questioned the validity of the research that was presented by Mr. Baldwin and others as irrefutable. She was allowed to speak for approximately a minute, prior to the moderator cutting her off completely. The young woman, who was attempting to exercise her constitutional rights, was visibly upset and essentially ran back to her seat.
The next pro Oyster Creek speaker was heckled and left the microphone. Finally Ed Stroup of IBEW spoke in support of Oyster Creek and asked Mr. Baldwin if he was prepared to reduce his own electrical use should Oyster Creek come off line and no longer be able to provide effective and cheap electricity. Mr. Baldwin, not surprisingly, refused to answer the question. Mr. Stroup then attempted to yield the balance of his time to the teenager who had been rudely interrupted prior, resulting in the league immediately ending the question and answer session.