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Breaking news: Senator tells unvarnished truth

“The world is waiting for us to see: Are we going to be Greece in two years or are we going to be grownups? And our problem is our political class in this country refuses to take the responsibility and actually maybe lose an election to do the right thing for the country. And we don’t have that leadership. In either party, it’s how do we protect our own? What we ought to be asking is how do we protect our future.” — Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R) on MSNBC’s Morning Joe



Tonight our nuclear program is EVERYWHERE

It’s on WFSU TV Channel 4 tonight at 7 PM.

It’s also on WFSU radio 88.9 FM also at 7 PM.

(An embarrassment of riches… learn more about the panel and program sponsors ASME & FSU CAPS HERE)



What Next for Nuclear: Photo slideshow

Be sure to check out WFSU this week to view the recording of the program. WFSU 88.9FM will air the program at 7 pm on Friday, August 26.

Photo credits: Bob Howard.



Tonight! Don’t miss our fabulous panel on the future of nuclear energy!

7 to 8:30 PM, Miller Hall at FSU’s University Center C, Doak Campbell Stadium. Event is free, parking is free. Get all the details, download a map HERE.



Press Release: Florida State University to host town hall meeting on nuclear energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Rick Meeker, FSU Center for Advanced Power Systems
(850) 645-1711; meeker@caps.fsu.edu

July 29, 2011

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, ASME AND THE VILLAGE SQUARE TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING ON NUCLEAR ENERGY

With the future of nuclear energy as uncertain and hotly debated as ever, several local organizations have come together to provide a public forum where a panel of experts in nuclear energy, public policy and energy regulation will discuss the opportunities and risks associated with this important and controversial energy source. Read all »



News today (unfortunately) pairing our next 2 topics: Nuclear power & terrorism

(Our forum on nuclear HERE and on 9/11 & security HERE). This report out from ABC News:

A report by chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross on tonight’s ABC World News suggests the Department of Homeland Security has become concerned of potential attacks by insiders at American utility plants, chemical facilities, oil refineries and even nuclear plants. The threat presents al Qaeda with what Ross describes as its best opportunity for a massive attack on U.S. to mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The only way you can actually kill the large scale number of Americans that [bin Laden] literally was calculating was through the use of this critical infrastructure, former DHS chief of staff Chad Sweet tells ABC News. Read all »



1 minute still to Earth Day…

Busy day, neglected to commemorate…

(I don’t have enough time to find an appropriate graphic, but it also Good Friday, with Easter Sunday to come. Perhaps with both coinciding, there’s a message in there somewhere, earth’s being God’s creation and all? Working on something a bit more thoughtful for Easter.)



Join us tonight for forum on Faith & Sustainability


Leaders of Faith to Discuss Faith and Sustainability

March 21, 2011

Community invited to attend panel discussion – As part of the City’s outreach efforts to educate community residents, including members of local faith based groups and organizations, about environmental stewardship and sustainable living, the City of Tallahassee, in conjunction with FSU, Sustainable Tallahassee and the Village Square, will host a panel discussion entitled “Faith and Sustainability” on Tuesday, March 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and will take place at Temple Israel, located at 2215 Mahan Drive. Read all »



A word on nuclear energy

Having urged FDR to build the first nuclear bomb as the threat from Nazi Germany mounted, Albert Einstein later became haunted by the legacy of risks he knew nuclear power had left for us. To that end, he gave this advice: “To the village square we must carry the facts of atomic energy. From there must come America’s voice.”

We liked Einstein’s advice so much we named our organization after it.

A couple of years ago, we even took Einstein’s charge ridiculously literally by bringing the facts of atomic energy back to “The Village Square” as part of our Dinner at the Square in our series on energy. It turns out that in this next generation of America’s nuclear debate, some of what we “know” about nuclear power isn’t true anymore and some never was. Read all »



One week from tonight: Sustainability and Faith

Forum is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by The City of Tallahassee, Sustainable Tallahassee, FSU and The Village Square. Click HERE for all the details…



FloridaThinks Friday: While national debate rages on, Miami-Dade out front on greenhouse gases

This week in FloridaThinks, Martha Musgrove asks: What if going green isn’t just smart, it’s good business. Miami-Dade might just have something to teach us on this front:

What if, there are real money-saving efficiencies to be found in concerted efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions? While developing climate-friendly alternatives?

Miami-Dade County has found such savings. In a four-year effort to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in its own operations, the county also managed to reduce fuel purchases by 3.7 million gallons. Roughly calculated that’s a savings of $7 million to $10 million, based on the high-low range of prices the county paid for fuel.

Mayor Carlos Alvarez lists a wide range of strategies to keep Miami-Dade “ahead of the curve in the green movement.” He has also committed $12.5 million of the federal stimulus dollars to projects with cost-saving benefits and the potential for reducing emissions. Included were the purchase of hybrid buses, replacement of high-watt traffic-light bulbs with LED modules (a $2 million annual savings), the use of landfill biogases to power nearby water and sewer plant, installation of high-reflective “Cool Roof” systems on county buildings, and the addition of solar-power systems to recreation facilities.



Uh. Oh.

“The lifestyle we have today is based on miracles.”–Bill Gates on GPS with Fareed Zakaria



Chris Timmons ventures where conservative dare not go (and lives to tell)

A week ago, I was in a greenhouse of liberal thought and was enjoying myself. Besides, when has liberalism not been fun to watch?

I can’t remember how I signed up for the Leon County Sustainable Communities Summit, but a call from Meggie Theriot, director of the Office of Sustainability, reinforced the good idea to attend. So I did.

I’d be the last to say I’m totally convinced that global-warming will be eliminated if we just eat organic foods, discard fluorescent lights, and make Tallahassee a Smart Grid city, but I’m not some flat-earth schmo, either.

My position is more articulate, which is: If this is an ecological catastrophe that will befall, and have in its wake human and earth-bound carnage on a scale hitherto unknown, how in the hell is commuting by Star Metro or carpooling going to save us?

Alas, this will win me no Guggenheim for thought. Given my cowardice, I’d avoided expressing this at the summit, and settled for boredom and amusement. Got both in spades.

First up was Mike Pate, formerly with the Knight Foundation, who spoke about growing local talent by persuading college students to stay in Tallahassee. This seemed only to have a very slight relation to “sustainability” in its a common usage, but the etymology of sustainability is so elastic, I let’em slide on this one.

Being a guy of shameless habits, I napped in fits in front of 40 people in a discussion about “growing” green businesses led by Commissioner Bryan Desloge. A few more meetings like this, and I’m a goner, I thought.

Later that afternoon, I attended the best part of the summit. A panel with former Leadership Tallahassee graduates —-to be a Leadership Tallahassee candidate is always to be overweeningly ambitious — discussing the group’s 10 principles of leadership, while one-upping each other in a strange patter on who was in the best Leadership Tallahassee Class ever.

Vince Long, deputy county administrator, began the discussion with a Talmudic distinction between “leader” and “leadership effort.” Alan Williams, compared leadership to the perfect swing, and I had a retort ready but let it slip. Kelly Otte spoke about social justice as a demand of leadership, replacing old white men, and the other tropes of liberalism.

Yet I learned something: Can’t liberals be a little obnoxious, like they’ve been over-parented, given 5 stars in kindergarten when they’d deserved three; so earnest, so prideful, so ambitious and without self-awareness.

I’m all for making earth a better place but know the limits of that: human nature, the personality and stupidity of people, and the grubbiness of self-interest. The summit seemed so well-meaning and that’s what gnawed at me, even in boredom to make me a little mad, and distressed.

All of those panel people would be lovely neighbors, but often with people who are perfect they tend to aggravate the hell of the lesser souls like me, who tend to appreciate human disorder.

On the whole, I’d attend next year. It’s good for even a jaded man to see that some people believe and are brave enough to attempt the impossible.


Chris Timmons shares his insights and conservative sensibilities in a featured blog for The Village Square. Although as a liberal-leaner I must object strenuously… I did too deserve 5 gold stars.

(Photo credit.)