Dr. A. David Rossin is a former President of the American Nuclear Society, an Engineering Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a career nuclear engineer. He has deep experience in private industry, with the national laboratories and in energy policy as a former Assistant Secretary of Energy.
A few weeks ago I learned that Dave had spent a number of years doing research on a book about the evolution of the nuclear policies of the Carter Administration. That is an era that fascinates me; I have written about it several times on Atomic Insights. I invited Dave to come onto the Atomic Show to talk about what he had learned. We had a lively chat. Both of us recognize the effects of what President Carter did to the development of nuclear energy, but we disagree on the motivations behind the decisions and the effects that his stated anti-nuclear positions had on his success as a candidate.
You can listen to the show at The Atomic Show #152 – Dr A David Rossin Discusses Carter’s Anti-Nuclear Campaign Promises.
I guess the big difference between Dr. Rossin and me is that he is a successful career nuclear engineer with faith that American energy business leaders think about long term effects and take action for the good of the country. I am a cynical observer who “follows the money” when trying to figure out why politicians make the decisions that they do and who recognizes that there are few leaders in the multinational energy industry who care very much about how their decisions affect US consumers. I respect his opinion and experience, I just see the world through lenses that were formed by a different set of experiences.