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Linked Arms: A Rural Community Resists Nuclear Waste by Thomas V Peterson

By Thomas V Peterson

Tells the tale of the way a gaggle of rural humans used equipment of civil disobedience to defy the nuclear and governmental authority and avoided the development of a nuclear unload in Allegany county in western big apple.

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Gary respected Steve’s energy and organizational skills, but worried that his intemperate rhetoric would give political leaders in the county an excuse for doing nothing. Steve admired Gary’s vitality, but fretted that the technical committee would inadvertently sell out the county. When Steve discovered that the next meeting would be at Gary’s house, he crashed it. ” He shared an even darker thought with Betsy. ” Although irritated at his presence, Gary bit his tongue and said nothing. Gary’s annoyance eventually gave way to grudging respect for Steve’s political savvy and dogged determination.

Gary’s annoyance eventually gave way to grudging respect for Steve’s political savvy and dogged determination. When honestly thinking about it, Gary even had to admit that he was, in fact, playing a dangerous game that could backfire if the siting commission opened up serious dialogue with scientists in the county. Steve’s mistrust was finally overcome on March 31, 1989, at a meeting in Fillmore, a rustic farming community in the northwestern corner of the county that had hardly changed since the nineteenth century.

We’re going to examine all of the evidence and let the chips fall where they may. ” 18 LINKED ARMS What Ostrower did not say publicly was that he was putting an ethicist, a sociologist, and an economist on the technical committee to make sure that the report would contain serious objections to a nuclear dump, even if the geologists, biologists, and physicists concluded that the county was a suitable place for nuclear waste. Suspecting that the siting commission hadn’t done its homework, however, Ostrower thought the scientists would find serious flaws in the report.

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