Director of Vote Hemp, Eric Steenstra, recounts how the finally won the battle to legalize industrial hemp farming. And former NRC commissioner, Peter Bradford, rebuts recent op-eds that promote nuclear power.
Eric Steenstra cofounded Vote Hemp of which he remains President. Under his leadership, Vote Hemp has become the nation’s foremost hemp lobbying organization, working towards full re-commercialization of industrial hemp.
“One of the things that the 2018 Farm Bill did was move hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and now put it in the hands of the USDA. So, now the USDA treats us as an agricultural commodity.”
Eric Steenstra executive director of Vote Hemp
Peter Bradford is a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the former chair of the New York and Maine utility regulatory commissions. He has taught at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is currently an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where he teaches Nuclear Power and Public Policy. He is vice chair of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and is the author of Fragile Structures: A Story of Oil Refineries, National Securities and the Coast of Maine. His latest article is “Utah May Be Doomed To Repeat Nuclear History.”
“Far from saving the world, the US has not avoided a single molecule of carbon emissions with new nuclear power plants in the 21st Century. However, we’ve spent a great many billions of dollars that would have avoided a lot of carbon and created a lot of jobs, if it had been spent on energy efficiency or on renewable energy.”
Peter Bradford, former Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner