If you have followed any of my recent Twitter posts, (atomicrod) you will note that I have been involved for a day or so in an ongoing discussion with an anti-nuclear California lawyer from Marina Del Rey named Roger Sowell on Joe Romm’s Climate Progress blog. It has been an enlightening experience.
Here is one of the quotes from Mr. Sowell’s recent comments:
I strongly oppose nuclear power plants and do all in my power to stop their proliferation. The toxic wastes including plutonium and other elements are being stockpiled by our generation, to be dealt with by future generations. This is completely irresponsible in my view.
Future generations will not thank us. Just imagine how we would respond if ancient civilizations had left a lethal substance that we could not see, nor smell, nor hear. The only way we found out about it was when archaeologists grew ill and died.
This became a smoking gun candidate when Mr. Sowell pointed me to the home page for his legal practice. Here are two direct quotes from his biography page:
Roger Sowell is a refinery defense attorney, and also advises those involved with operating and designing all process plants, including petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and natural gas plants. Legal topics include, but are not limited to, regulatory compliance under Clean Air Act, OSHA and NEPA, design liability, litigation due to process upsets and catastrophic events, construction disputes, advanced and optimization process control issues, and evaluating and protecting intellectual property rights, especially trade secrets.
He practices law after a successful 20-year career as a process consulting engineer world-wide.
More than 20 years world-wide engineering experience in the continuous process industries, including more than 75 oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and basic chemical plants. His vast experience led to a keen interest in improving process safety, both by design and careful operation.
Former employers include Diamond Shamrock Corp., Champlin Petroleum Company, Solomon Associates, Inc., Profimatics, Inc., Cryogenic Experts, Inc., and Roger Sowell & Associates.
Engineering experience includes process engineering, project engineering, construction supervision, startup and guarantee test runs, planning and scheduling, advanced process control feasibility and master plans, oil movement automation, front-end engineering design, grass-roots refinery feasibility studies, plant energy optimization, steam system optimization, advanced process simulation and optimization, and project economic analysis.
In other words, he has clearly stated financial interests in the continued market domination of the fossil fuel industry, and he pursues legal means to increase the cost and difficulty of employing nuclear fission power.
Reminder: In case you have forgotten or are new to Atomic Insights, “Smoking Gun” posts are about people who are directly associated with the fossil fuel establishment who work to oppose nuclear fission power. They are my tidbits of evidence gathered in building the case that the real power that has opposed nuclear energy is not “The Environmentalists”, but the establishment fossil fuel industry that hates the idea of losing its addicts. You can find the articles by entering the words – smoking gun – in the search block next to the orange blogger logo at the top left side of any Atomic Insights page.