From Environmental News Service:
The nuclear industry launched a new campaign on Monday to generate support for increased nuclear power, spearheaded by Greenpeace
cofounder Patrick Moore and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Christine Todd Whitman.
Nuclear power advocates are hoping that Moore and Whitman can
sell the American public on the benefits of nuclear power and help
spark the resurgence of an industry that has not constructed a new
plant in some 30 years.
“Scientific evidence shows that nuclear power is an
environmentally sound and safe energy choice,” said Moore, who along
with Whitman will cochair the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition
Jim Riccio, a nuclear power analyst with Greenpeace USA, said Moore has
been “living off his reputation with Greenpeace for some time now and
To call nuclear power clean and safe is “the height of
hypocrisy, especially as we are ready to commemorate Chernobyl,” Riccio
Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine – the world’s worst nuclear power accident.
Although U.S. plants are much safer than the doomed Chernobyl
facility, critics remain unconvinced that the nation’s regulatory
agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or the nuclear industry, in
fact focus on safety.
A report released Monday by Greenpeace finds that the industry has had some 200 “near misses” to nuclear meltdowns since 1986.
The study shows that nuclear power plants are a “clear and
present danger,” Riccio said, and packaging nuclear power as a solution
to global warming is “dead wrong.”
Link: U.S. Nuclear Industry Fires Up Public Relations Campaign,
via PR Watch: Learning from, and Spinning, the Chernobyl Disaster.