I got back to Toronto late night (Friday June 1st/2012) and know that some TEA (Thorium Energy Alliance) members lingered behind to enjoy Chicago for an extra day or two. It was my first time to a TEA conference and also a first visit to Chicago. Both will have a very positive lasting impression on me.
I was proud to be among the largest turn out to date for a conference, 160 people. I would go so far as to say I hope we return there in the near future. The closeness of the lodging and the conference was a great comfort and to be in the heart of such a great city added a sense of excitement to an already exciting opportunity.
What was most noticeable was the presence of more start up Thorium related companies present and also on the list of guest speakers. Also there was more evidence of activist thinking and doing which was very encouraging. Jim Kennedy had a new and improved presentation along the lines of previously given talks that coordinated with John Kutsch to support a new bill to enable rare earth mining that has been unable to move forward because of outdated laws preventing the transport and refining of Thorium.
Among the regulars like Kirk Sorensen, John Kutsch and Robert Steinhaus I met up with David LeBlanc of Canada, Takashi Kamei of Tokyo and had a chance to ask a question to special visitor and speaker Baroness Bryony Worthington who founded the Weinberg Foundation.
The talks were captured on video by Gordon McDowell but may take a while to edit. But you can now look at all of the powerpoints at http://thoriumenergyalliance.com/