Meeting Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM (CST)
Speaker(s): Dr. Richard Steeves, Emeritus Professor
Location: Sequoya Branch of Madison Public Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI 53711
Event Details & Registration: (Thorium and The Waste Issue)
Dr. Steeves will review fission, actinides, fission products, and a comparison of thorium with uranium, especially with regard to thorium’s use in molten salt reactors instead of light water reactors. His remarks are directly relevant to our concept of nuclear waste, which is so badly misunderstood by the media and most of the public.
Dr. Richard Steeves
is an Emeritus Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine with interest in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the severity of future climate change. Since 2010 he has been leading a discussion group, called “Pathways to a Sustainable Planet”, for the University’s Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization. His experience in handling X-rays and radioactive isotopes, both in the USA and at the Curie Institute in Paris, prepared him for delving into the potential benefits of atomic energy for solving our impending climate crisis. Cleaning up our generation of electricity is a good way to start, for transportation as well as for home and industrial use. Richard drives an electric car and flies an electric airplane. He would much rather plug into a grid like Illinois’ than Wisconsin’s, and he believes we will need more than renewable energies to accomplish this.