By Susan Hess
This question was the topic of a lively discussion at the 81st LULAC National convention held in Albuquerque, N.M. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) invited AREVA to speak at this important annual event about clean energy, including nuclear and renewables, to help educate their members about the truths and myths of this timely topic.
Climate change and clean energy have been of growing interest over the past several years because of its direct and indirect impact on the Latino Community, which is now the largest and fastest growing minority population in the United States. For instance, children of Latino families develop asthma at a rate 2.5 times more than other minority and Caucasian children.
The discussion covered renewable energy options such as offshore wind, biomass and solar power as well as nuclear energy. Understandably, several in the audience did not consider nuclear energy a “clean energy” source. Our discussion centered mostly on facts and fiction about nuclear energy, recycling used nuclear fuel, and how each voter can help to rebuild the nuclear energy industry by contacting their Congressional members and encouraging them to support increased nuclear energy in the United States.
When the session ended, everyone appreciated the discussion and the new perspectives. One person remarked, “I thought this was about clean energy. It was mostly about nuclear energy. If you had said nuclear in the title of the session, I would not have attended, but I did. I learned a lot and I am glad I came.”