The Saga of Nuclear Power in Alberta: Technology, Economics and Politics (Calgary)
Guest Speaker: Duane Bratt, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Policy Studies at Mount Royal University
Interest about whether Alberta should have nuclear power has waxed and waned over several years. Nuclear energy considerations in the province have typically come from three overlapping perspectives: technology, economics and politics. Duane Bratt will analyze the features and factors of these three. The question of how nuclear power could address Alberta's potential electricity shortfall and be used in the oil sands have driven the technological aspect, whereas from an economics perspective, the nuclear power debate has correlated strongly with the price of natural gas. When the price of gas was high, there was substantially more interest in nuclear power than when gas price dropped. Although the political perspective is less predictable, the issue was seemingly decided when the Alberta government announced in 2009 that nuclear power was a private sector decision and that the government would not subsidize.
About the Guest:
Duane Bratt is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Policy Studies at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). He was educated at the Universities of Windsor (BA 1991, MA 1992) and Alberta (Ph.D. 1996). He teaches in the area of international relations and Canadian public policy, with specialty in the sub?field of Canadian foreign policy. His primary research interest is in the area of Canadian nuclear policy. Recent publications include: co?editor, Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas 2nd edition (Oxford University Press: Toronto, 2011). Prairie Atoms: The Opportunities and Challenges of Nuclear Power in Alberta and Saskatchewan (Canada West Foundation, 2008), and The Politics of CANDU Exports (University of Toronto Press: Toronto, 2006). He has completed a new book entitled Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival and is eagerly awaiting its publication. Duane is a regular commentator on political events.
Date: January 26, 2012
Place: Fireside Parlor 213, Calgary Chamber of Commerce
Time: 7:30 am
Additional Notes: Registration must be received on or before Jan. 19th, 2012 to hold seats. Substitutions are allowed. Sorry no refunds.
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