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Published on May 4, 2012
Robert Alvarez has made a career out of connections with the cottage industry that captures attention and donations by fighting against the beneficial use of nuclear energy. For the past dozen or more years, he has used the fact that he was once a political appointee with the Department of Energy to establish his "creds" with gullible reporters.
He currently serves as a "Senior Scholar" at a deceptively named Institute for Policy Studies and claims to be a nuclear fuel expert. The holes in his life story include the fact that he was a music major before dropping out of college to hang out with the antinuclear movement (perhaps with the No Nukes concert organizers). In addition, his appointed position at DOE came to an inauspicious end when he and his antinuclear activist wife were arrested for growing commercial quantities of pot in their Takoma Park, MD basement.