Crossroads Resource Group
Organization profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2607
Inactive/Defunct Organization
Abstract:  The CROSSROADS RESOURCE GROUP (CRG) is a Winnipeg based public interest group concerned with issues related to energy and the environment.

The CRG engaes in research and presents briefs to Government commissions. To date, the groups has produced a numbe of discussion papers:

- Nuclear Reactor Accidents: Risks and Councerns: The paper reviews serveral accidents, including
those at Three Mile Island (1979), Browns Ferry, Alabama (1975), and Detroit (1966). It
analyzes and criticizes the technicques used by the nuclear industry to determine the level of
risk associated with reactor technology . 10 pp. $.50

- Environmental Assessment: Crossroads traces the origins of the federal government's Environmental
Assessment and Review Process (EARP), examines its procedures, and suggests a numbe of
basic reforms. The fundamental problem associated with EARP is that it relies too much on moral
suasion for it to be effective and that far too much of the process is shielded from public
scrutiny. 10 pp. $.50

- Nuclear Moratorium: This pamphlet makes the case for a moratorium on nuclear development.
It argues that any exposure to ionizing radiation involves a risk of direct or heredity injury, that
the technical adequacy of reactor technology is doubtful, that the capital intensity of the nuclear
industry could disrupt the economies of nations that opt for the nuclear alternative, that the
need for nuclear power has not been adequately demonstrated, and that increased reliance
upon nuclear technology will facilitate the further erosion of civil liberties and the democratic
decision-making process. 8 pp. $.50

- Soft Energy Paths: CRG defines "soft energy paths" as non-nuclear systems which are dependent
upon renewable sources of energy - sun, wind, water, and farm and forest wastes. Soft energy
technologies are simple and understandable to the user. They are also employed in such a way
that the failue of one part of the system has only limited serious consequences. These and other
aspects of soft energy paths are summarily described. 6 pp. $.50

Crossroads Resource Group has also published two comprehensive bibliographies, one specifically on nuclear energy, and the otehr dealing with general energy questions. Each is available for $.25. CRG welcomes inquiries and new members. The membership fee is $10/year.

This organization no logner exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.

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