Nuclear power pundit Patrick Moore in SA February 20, 2008Posted by Andreas in Climate change, Environment, Nuclear Power, renewable energy, South Africa.
You may have heard that Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace and reborn supporter of atomic energy, will be visiting South Africa in March. You may even have received an invitation looking something like this:
VISIT of DR. PATRICK MOORE TO SOUTH AFRICA
3 MARCH – 7th MARCH 2008.
At the invitation of the Nuclear Industry Association of (NIASA) in association with the Universities of Witwatersrand, , North-West, Western Cape and Stellenbosch as well as the MTN Science Centre in , Dr. Patrick Moore, world-renowned ecologist, environmentalist and co-founder of , will tour during the week of 3-7 March 2008 to present a series of insightful public lectures on “ and the Search for Sustainable, Clean Energy.”
Dr Moore, once an ardent opponent and activist against nuclear energy will discuss the impact of and present his views on the challenges and the respective roles that nuclear power, renewable sources and energy efficiency can play in producing a cleaner electricity supply and ensuring a sustainable energy future.
Dr Moore now spends much of his time with his team from Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. advising industry, environmental and social agencies and governments around the world, about sustainable and environmentally safe, alternative energy supplies – refer to the attached biography.
The schedule of public meetings is as follows:
Monday 3 March: 18:00
Great Hall, University of Witwatersrand
Tuesday 4 March: 15:00
Sanlam Auditorium, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus
Wednesday 5 March: 14:00
Aula, University of Pretoria
Thursday 6 March: 17:00
Main Auditorium, University of the Western Cape, Belville
Thursday 6 March: 19:30
Auditorium, MTN Science Centre, ,
Friday 7 March: 13:00
University of Stellenbosch, Jannasch Hall, Conservatoire of Music, Victoria street, Stellenbosch
The public meetings are free and open to the public.
I recently came across two really good articles (here and here) about how the nuclear power industry in the United States is conducting a massive public relations campaign to make atomic energy palatable.
The industry spends millions of dollars on “media outreach”, lobbying federal officials and in helping to establish and fund pro-nuclear groups such as the Vermont Energy Partnership, the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, the Massachusetts Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance and the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition.
The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition employs Patrick Moore as one of its co-chairs. As a co-founder of Greenpeace (he left the organisation in 1986), Moore is frequently quoted in the press and by pro-nuclear pundits as an environmentalist who has come to his senses and now supports nuclear energy as a green solution to global warming. The fact that his salary is paid by the atomic energy industry is less commonly mentioned.
Having been in the doldrums for decades after the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the atomic energy industry in the USA, in a now rather familiar strategy, has been spending millions of dollars on political lobbying, establishing pro-nuclear organisations and “media outreach”. In 2006, the Nuclear Energy Institute, representing the US atomic energy industry, launched the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, which is co-chaired by Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace.
Moore, who left Greenpeace in 1986 to start a consulting firm that has worked for the logging, mining, biotech and nuclear industries, is frequently quoted in the media as an environmentalist and former Greenpeace activist who has come to the conclusion that atomic power is our only solution. The media also very commonly forget to mention that Moore now happens to be employed by the atomic power industry.
In a pro-nuclear article in this year’s January to June  issue of the South African glossy magazine Greenprint, for example, Moore is quoted as a co-founder of Greenpeace, while his financial attachment to the industry he promotes is not mentioned.
So yes, Patrick Moore was indeed a founder member of Greenpeace, but let’s not forget how he’s been making his money since leaving that organisation.