In a recent New Yorker article,
The Atomic Origins of Climate Science: How arguments about nuclear weapons shaped the debate over nuclear warming, Harvard Professor Jill Lepore suggests that the campaign to make known the threat of a nuclear winter destroyed the concept of nuclear deterrence, but the faulty models and rhetoric used ultimately undermined environmental science. Having been in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the early 1980's, Dr. Reis will review the then ongoing nuclear debate and suggest an alternate story to Lepore's involving the nuclear freeze movement and the Catholic Church.
There is a more fundamental connection between nuclear weapons and climate change mitigation, echoing Eisenhower's 1953 Atoms for Peace Speech to the United Nations. He will try to connect those dots into a coherent story.
Dr. Victor H. Reis retired on March 1, 2017 as Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked on national security and nuclear energy issues for the Secretary of Energy and the Undersecretaries of Energy for National Security and Science. He has chaired and served on numerous government and laboratory advisory committees for the DoD, CIA, NASA, U.S. Strategic Command, NNSA, U.S. Navy and Los Alamos, Sandia, Argonne and Idaho National Labs.