|I know this is anathema to most Greens, but it is a debate that is not about to go away.
Let me quote George’s concluding paragraph:
“Yes, I still loathe the liars who run the nuclear industry. Yes, I would prefer to see the entire sector shut down, if there were harmless alternatives. But there are no ideal solutions. Every energy technology carries a cost; so does the absence of energy technologies. Atomic energy has just been subjected to one of the harshest of possible tests, and the impact on people and the planet has been small. The crisis at Fukushima has converted me to the cause of nuclear power.”
Now read the whole article:
I have recognised the points he is making for a long time. There is a lot of ignorance about with regards to the potential to meet all our energy requirements through renewables alone. If climate change really is the biggest threat to mankind – and life on this planet as we know it – then as unpalatable as it may be, nuclear power cannot be dismissed out of hand. It could well be the lesser of the evils on offer.
George is making a serious mistake over the science. In conversation with Caroline on Saturday’s Guardian he made it worse, claiming that “a lot of nonsense is talked about low level radiation”. He does know better (because he asked us and we told him) but he ignores inconvenient facts. Like all nuclear apologists he is now a Chernobyl-denier. My reply to him is at http://www.llrc.org/fukushima/monbiot.htm where the ghost of King Edward II makes a surprising appearance.
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