Tributes have been flowing in recognition of the immense contribution to our movement made by Michael Mariotte, who died on May 16 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. The Executive Director and then President of Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Mariotte was a keenly perceptive observer, savvy public advocate, and thorn in the side of the nuclear industry, its regulators, lobbyists and government lackeys. He was also a leader in efforts to keep nuclear power off the table as a climate change solution. Michael was a fearless, committed campaigner and a compelling and insightful writer who worked almost to his final days on his GreenWorld blog, calling out the corruption and collapse of the nuclear industry.
Harvey Wasserman dedicated his entire Solartopia radio show to celebrating the life and work of Michael Mariotte on May 19th. Beyond Nuclear's Paul Gunter and Kevin Kamps were on, as were many allies from the anti-nuclear movement, both calling in from around the country, and concentrated at a memorial service being held at that very time in Hyattsville, Maryland. The entire radio show audio recording is posted online.
And a flashback to a 1998 Enviro Close-Up with Michael Mariotte with many message points still relevant today alas.