Philosophical Society of Washington

The Future Role of Nuclear Power

Richard A. Meserve
President, Carnegie Institution

2202nd Meeting Abstract
Friday, February 24, 2006 at 8:15 PM


Richard A. Meserve

Climate concern is forcing reconsideration of the sources of energy supply, including nuclear power. The lecture will discuss the role of nuclear power in US electrical supply, as well as the barriers to new construction of nuclear power plants The lecture will discuss legal and economic barriers, proliferation concerns, the challenge of spent fuel, and issues associated with public acceptance of nuclear power.

About the Author:

Richard A. Meserve became the ninth president of the Carnegie Institution in April 2003, after stepping down as chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Meserve served as chairman under both Presidents Clinton and Bush and led the NRC in responding to the terrorism threat that came to the fore after the 9/11 attacks. Before joining the NRC, Meserve was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington & Burling, and he now serves as Senior Of Counsel to the firm. With his Harvard law degree, received in 1975, and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford, awarded in 1976, he devoted his legal practice to technical issues arising at the intersection of science, law, and public policy. Early in his career, he served as legal counsel to the President's science advisor, and was a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court and to Judge Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University in 1966.

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