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When Patrick Moore left Greenpeace—the environmental advocacy group that he helped to create in the early 1970s—some activists labeled him a traitor and a corporate shill. It didn’t stop him, however, from becoming one of the environmental community’s most outspoken advocates for nuclear power development—and one of the harshest critics of anti-nuclear activists.
In December 2007, Moore addressed a group of power industry executives and engineers at the Power-Gen International conference. “Environmental activists, including my former colleagues at Greenpeace and company, are now the biggest obstacle to reducing CO2 emissions worldwide,” he said. “They oppose all the realistic alternatives and are purposefully misinforming the public.”
Public Utilities Fortnightly caught up with Moore in February to discuss the state of anti-nuclear advocacy in America.
Fortnightly: How do you see the nuclear energy debate evolving in the environmental community?