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April 13, 2008

Greenpeace Founder Condemns "Pop Environmentalism" [dri]

Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace and its leader for 15 years, is critical of the environmental organization’s negative stand on nuclear power. He believes that Greenpeace is throwing the baby out with the bathwater by lumping together all things nuclear as “evil”. Moore states that although nuclear weapons may be wrong, nuclear power is not and in fact it is much more economical than gas, wind, and solar power. Furthermore, advances in nuclear recycling technology now reduce waste products by over 90%.

That's why I left Greenpeace: I could see that my fellow directors, none of whom had any science education, were starting to deal with issues around chemicals and biology and genetics, which they had no formal training in, and they were taking the organization into what I call "pop environmentalism," which uses sensationalism, misinformation, fear tactics, etc., to deal with people on an emotional level rather than an intellectual level.

Moore believes that we are entering into a "nuclear renaissance" because there is such an aggressive push for nuclear power plants worldwide. In the US alone there are 32 plants on the drawing board and 15 either have or will apply for their operating licenses by the end of this year.


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