A December 4th seminar in Pasadena, California brought together citizens from around the state to learn about the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA). Four members of the LaRouche Political Action Committee were joined by five engineering experts in presenting the incredible importance of the NAWAPA project for developing the water resources of the northwest and generating a major economic development for the entire western half of the continent.

The event started at 10:00 am with a political introduction by moderator and LaRouche PAC leader Michael Steger. He briefed the audience on the cultural down-shift which has occurred in the wake of FDR's death, epitomized by the country's collapse since the Kennedy assassination. This must be reversed, and this is why NAWAPA must be built; and those in the know join the fight to make it happen. This was followed by Cody Jones, of the LaRouche Science Team, who posed the fraudulent rivalry between two systems of thought: (1) the right-wing view that man's economic actions have no considerable impact on the environment, and (2) the leftist view that man does have a tremendous impact on nature, and that to a horrible effect.

Cody presented a third view, of man as a Biospheric Engineer, who must act to continuously improve the biosphere. This led to an excellent discussion with the audience, typified by a nuclear plant construction worker asking how to improve the lost skill sets of the American working class.

This was followed by a powerful presentation by a featured speaker, Hydrological Engineer Dr. Howard Chang. Chang reviewed the history of the California water projects, some of which he was personally involved in, and how they transformed California. He emphasized the natural beauty of hydro-electric power, which is free, once the dam has been built. He then presented, in detail, the massive water projects which China has been building, including the South-North water project. Being an expert, personally involved in the Three Gorges Dam, he related how the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences opposed the construction of that dam. Nonetheless, the Chinese government proceeded, calling on scientists like himself to solve the potential concern (such as worries of long-term sedimentation of the reservoir) through rigorous scientific research and problem solving.

- Expert Panel -

The lunch discussion created a perfect warm-up for the following afternoon panel of the experts, which ran from 2:30 to 4:30.

Oyang Teng of the LaRouche Basement Team presented Vladimir Vernadsky's idea of man as a geological force, reading quotes from Vernadsky, along with a historic review of the anti-entropic nature of the evolution of the Biosphere. Then Dr. Youxian Wu, Environmental Scientist and Civil Engineer at San Diego State University, showed how NAWAPA would benefit all ecological systems affected. He reviewed how water deltas, wetlands, soils, etc., would all be augmented by NAWAPA. He emphasized how problems raised by man's development were good challenges, driving new creative breakthroughs. Dewitt Moss, nuclear expert, educated the audience on nuclear fission, its variable uses, and its incredible value as an energy source. Wayne Voelz, Development Project Designer, presented his vision of how NAWAPA could be fast-tracked, mobilizing all sections of the labor force, in a coordinated action, like a war effort. His opinion was that NAWAPA could be built in 10 years, if we mobilized correctly. Lloyd Crask, Construction Management Professor at Fresno State University, discussed how our education system could be overhauled, to meet the challenges of developing 18-24 year olds to participate in NAWAPA. He emphasized the need to revive FDR's CCC program, and that this project could be a vehicle for that type of process.

Phil Rubinstein, LaRouche PAC leader, concluded the experts panel, with a riveting review of the present world economic system as a monetary-imperial system, and the need replace it with a credit system. He began by saying, NAWAPA is not an "option"; if we don't build projects like this we lose civilization. He countered this history of empire with the credit-generating tradition of the United States, calling on everyone to join the fight.

CONFERENCE FOOTAGE

12:49pm • December 9 2010

PRESENTATIONS

46:30

Exposes the false debate of whether man has no impact on the universe, or does, but always a negative one. A much bigger idea of man's role in the universe is then introduced.

16:20

A discussion of the historical context in which the idea of NAWAPA is situated, and the urgency of building it in light of the immediate political situation.

58:46

A very captivating discussion on the history of water infrastructure in California and China. The story of the Three Gorges Dam, chief wonder of the modern world, and the South-North water project currently under construction.

32:05

A presentation of the evolution of the biosphere, and the LaRouche-Vernadsky concept of man as an emerging geological force.

16:53

The environmental impacts of building NAWAPA.

18:56

The critical path method: how the heck are we going to build this?

13:31

A challenge to building NAWAPA: creating a new generation of skilled workers.

32:08

A closing discussion of why NAWAPA is not an option, but an immediate necessity.

3:33

Tarrajna Dorsey interviews participants at LPAC's NAWAPA Conference on where we go from here.

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