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Please distribute this announcement and website link to any listserve, website or other venue you feel appropriate. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE 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.

Keynote address:
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 renewable energy.

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, D.C.
* Juliette Majot, Executive Director, International Rivers Network, Berkeley, California
* 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.