As the intersection of three rivers, the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia Rivers, and with its plentiful farmland, as well as home to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the Tri-Cities of Washington could not be better situated as the site of the first NAWAPA conference in the Pacific Northwest, December 4th, 2010. There were 5 presentations on various aspects of NAWAPA, hitting on the rail component, machining, city design, nuclear power for the pumping systems, the United States credit principle and an impassioned appeal to the old men of our society to help guide the initial steps of NAWAPA as a grandfatherly act.

Dave Christie, of LaRouche PAC, started with an introduction of the panelists, mentioning that this NAWAPA conference was not just in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere, but was rather part of an international fight against the British Empire to fight for development, as opposed to the globalization policy of de-industrialization.

Christie then introduced Michael Kirsch, LaRouche PAC's national policy coordinator of NAWAPA, who began by posing the necessity to design a scientific economic plan, capable of solving today's crisis, proceeding to outline the true nature of today's crisis as being found in a break in the process of building the nation. He continued by showing that from the Massachusetts Bay declaration of sovereignty, through the early 1800's canal development, clear up to FDR's economic recovery, the key turning points have been the application of human discoveries which have extended the mastery of our territory, while the great crises have shown themselves as gaps in that process, with the longest gap being today's over 40 year lack of development. Introducing NAWAPA as the project capable of bridging that 40 year gap of progress, he presented its suitability for meeting the standards of a scientific economic plan. He concluded with an appeal to an older generation, a generation that had done great projects in the past, to do a grandfatherly act, and help launch NAWAPA before that perspective and experience has died with the generation.

Kirsch then introduced Keith Smith, former head of the Machinists Union for southern Washington, and a retired machinist at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where he also sits on the Hanford Advisory Board. Smith provided insight into scaling issues, making the point that due to the size of NAWAPA, simply scaling machinery up in a linear fashion results in exponential rates of complexity and or problems. He then went into some of the concerns around training a young generation of machinists, since it takes approximately 5 years and many of our skilled machinists are now approaching retirement.

After this presentation, Kirsch asked if Terry Bates, a manager of large industrial projects, had any comments. Bates and Smith had an exchange discussing the issue of exponential problems through simple scaling.

Kirsch then introduced the next two presentations, both featuring discussion of the Idaho region of the Sawtooth Lift component of NAWAPA, by describing NAWAPA's upper two functions over a 3D fly-through of NAWAPA. First, a prerecorded presentation from Dr. Allan Salzberg was played; Salzberg, who recently ran for U.S. Congress in Idaho, has made the advancement of nuclear power his legacy, especially for Idaho, which has a rich history of nuclear power. Salzberg began his career in rocket science, later becoming a defense analyst, before switching careers entirely to become a medical doctor. Upon retiring from the medical field, he ran for Congress almost entirely to promote nuclear power, arguing that without energy, there is no civilization. Salzberg discussed the modular reactor technology, referencing S-PRISM of GE/Hitachi, as the robust modular reactor design that could be deployed in areas such as the Sawtooth lift system of the NAWAPA design. After Salzberg's address, came Terry Bates's presentation on city design, one of the highlights of the conference. Since the NAWAPA design has so much of its activity in remote areas with little or no human habitation, Bates tackled some of the concerns of city design, such as: no cities should be built on agricultural land, the use of industrial process heat, minimal auto traffic in city centers, the size of cities and support towns and villages, etc. He prefaced his remarks by saying that his main intent was to create discussion — and discussion there was. There was a lively back and forth from the audience, many of whom came from skilled labor or professional backgrounds.

Hal Cooper finished the panel presentation on the interconnectedness of rail development and the development of mineral resources, pointing out the areas along the NAWAPA design which are rich in resources, and how the only way to develop these areas was with the rail component along NAWAPA's route. Cooper is known as a longtime advocate, with Lyndon and Helga LaRouche, of the Bering Straits tunnel, which of course would open up whole new trade routes with Asia and Eurasia. Cooper had some particularly pointed jabs at the British Oligarchy and their attempt to stop development.

But perhaps the most interesting part of the conference was the relationship between the presenters and the audience. There was a lively back and forth throughout the whole conference, essentially ending in a discussion that circled around the basic question of how to organize. It was here that Kirsch and other members of LaRouche PAC, both full-time members and active supporters, led the discussion on sticking to principle above all else. From the interviews that followed, many of the attendees left emboldened with their own sense of how to organize on based solely on principle.

CONFERENCE FOOTAGE

7:33pm • December 8 2010

PRESENTATIONS

41:28

Michael Kirsch, LPAC Basement Team Member gives the keynote address to the Kennewick, WA LPAC NAWAPA Conference.

13:33

Retired President of the Machinists Unions' Desert Lodge at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Keith A. Smith, speaks on machining and the labor force required for NAWAPA.

7:04

LPAC Basement team member, Michael Kirsch, gives an introduction to the Idaho Sawtooth Lift Function.

10:26

Allan Salzberg discusses the nuclear aspects of the Sawtooth Lift.

46:24

Terry Bates, Industrial Project Manager from Oregon, speaks on city building around the NAWAPA project centers and the Sawtooth Lift.

43:56

American Rail Engineer, Hal Cooper, speaks on the rail component of NAWAPA.

19:42

Final presentation of the LPAC NAWAPA Conference in Kennewick, WA. The panel includes Michael Kirsch, LPAC Basement Team Member; Hal Cooper, American Rail Engineer; Terry Bates, Industrial Project Manager and David Christie LPAC Organizer.

6:17

Stewart Battle interviews conference attendees on the next steps to implementing NAWAPA.

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