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AND ENERGY POLICY IN THE UPPER MIDWEST
April 15, 2000
University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis Campus (LaSalle and South Tenth Streets)
Opus Hall, Room 201
8:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.
The Honorable U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone
"Energy Policy Today and What It Can be Tomorrow"
Who benefits and more importantly, who loses, under the current system of
electricity production is the subject of a day-long conference to be held at
the University of St. Thomas on Saturday April 15, 2000.
While producing significant benefits, the large coal plants, nuclear
reactors, large-scale hydroelectric dams and powerlines required to
generate, transmit and distribute electricity also create widespread
environmental and social burdens that are disproportionately borne by
communities of color and disenfranchised people. The current system also
prevents society from enjoying the benefits of community-based economic
development that would result from a system built around conservation and
The conference will explore these issues and provide an opportunity for
citizens to learn how they can be involved in the complex process of
creating public policy.
The keynote address at 9:00 a.m. will be delivered by the Honorable U.S.
Senator Paul Wellstone. Senator Wellstone's address is entitled "Energy
Policy Today and What It Can be Tomorrow."
Other speakers include:
* Dianne D'Arrigo, Nuclear Information Resource Service, Washington,
* Juliette Majot, Executive Director, International Rivers Network,
* Jason Whiteman, Natural Resources Director, Northern Cheyenne Tribe,
Lame Deer, Montana
* John Miswaggon, Chief, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Cross Lake, Manitoba
* Lea Foushee, North American Water Office, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
* Hector Garcia, Executive Director, The National Conference for
Community and Justice, Minnesota/Dakotas Region
* Patrick Spears, President, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, Rapid
City, South Dakota
The afternoon includes a series of concurrent workshops
designed to familiarize participants with important public policy decisions
that will occur over the several years and how they can be a part of the
decision making process.