Alec Baldwin on Nuclear Power: Let There Be No Light!

By December 14, 2006Energy

Lisa Stiles-Shell of NEI’s Nuclear Notes blog follows up on last week’s anti-nuke rally/lecture/teach-in/ooh-it’s-Alec-Baldwin event at Rutgers, where the once-future expat declared his enmity toward the relicensing of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant. In a link-rich post, Lisa provides the most interesting angle we’ve seen — while eschewing the arch irony some bloggers indulge in — by covering the young professional who attended to bring balance to the discussion by supporting nuclear power and technological progress. Fantastic.

They were members of a group new to us, the North American Young Generation in Nuclear, professionals under the age of 35 who “share a personal conviction that nuclear science and technology make important and valuable contributions to our society and will continue to do so in the future.” Lisa further reports,

After the symposium, many young people in the audience “made a beeline” for the information table and conversed with NA-YGN members for a “very positive, energetic exchange.” I think that’s terrific–it’s what outreach is all about.

Count us impressed with the willingness of this group to enter a potentially hostile environment and fight star-power with facts.

Meanwhile, perhaps it’s no wonder that Baldwin opposes America’s energy security, since he also opposes its national security. And goodness, he has views about everything: Arnold versus the Nazis, global warming, Opus Dei and Mel Gibson.

Whew. Omni-opinizing. Does Baldwin think he’s God?

Well, maybe.

From the movie, Malice:

Jed [Alec Baldwin]: I have an M.D. from Harvard, I am board certified in cardio-thoracic medicine and trauma surgery, I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England, and I am never, ever sick at sea. So I ask you; when someone goes into that chapel and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn’t miscarry or that their daughter doesn’t bleed to death or that their mother doesn’t suffer acute neural trauma from postoperative shock, who do you think they’re praying to? Now, go ahead and read your Bible _Dennis_ and you go to your church, and, with any luck, you might win the annual raffle, but if you’re looking for God, he was in operating room number two on November 17, and he doesn’t like to be second guessed. You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God.

Join the discussion One Comment

  • Na-YGN says:

    As a member of Na-YGN and an attendee at the event, I couldn’t have been prouder of our contribution.

    We made a profound, positive impact on those in attendance. After being accosted with a long, rambling, presentation by a group of Anti-Nuclear lobbyists and their attorneys, the audience was obviously not impressed. The inability of the panelists to defend their positions against innocent questions posed by Na-YGN members also generated more interest in our group and views.

    Following the event, Lisa is correct that many of the attendees made a beeline for our table. They were impressed that employees from Oyster Creek as well as other Nuclear workers around the country had the pride in their field and the guts to show up at such an Anti-Nuclear rally.

    As for Mr. Baldwin — agreed that he has no shortage of opinions — you should have heard what he had to say about the domestic auto industry during this event. It wasn’t pretty.