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Pro-nuke Friends of the Earth?

 
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mobbsey



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:12 pm    Post subject: Pro-nuke Friends of the Earth? Reply with quote

From Lynas' blog -- would be interesting to know if anyone could put any clear attribution to the claims being made in this article, to be certain of FoE's position in the run-up to the Hinkley C inquiry. It would rather put the mockers on the anti-nuclear presentations if this little ditty were pulled out of a hat during the proceedings.

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http://www.marklynas.org/2012/06/friends-of-the-earth-considers-abandoning-anti-nuclear-stance/

Friends of the Earth considers abandoning anti-nuclear stance

Mark Lynas (blog), 14th June 2012


Friends of the Earth is seriously considering abandoning its decades-long opposition to nuclear power, the organisations head of policy, science and research Mike Childs has revealed to me in an extensive and very frank interview. To me this very much confirms Friends of the Earths position on the pragmatic end of the environmentalist spectrum, and is a welcome reflection of the fact that there are many in the green movement even in well-established NGOs with long-held positions who do not hold religious positions even on exceptionally divisive and emotive issues such as nuclear.

(The entire interview is transcribed in full underneath these introductory comments, as Im sure many might worry that I am misinterpreting Mikes comments or taking them out of context given the controversy they could potentially generate.)

Friends of the Earth has already quietly moved away from calling for an immediate shutdown of the UKs nuclear power stations, and now supports the continued operation of nuclear plants until the end of their prescribed lifetimes. It has also stated its support for research on thorium-fuelled nuclear plants, and is examining the arguments around GE-Hitachis proposed PRISM reactor which could generate carbon-free power by consuming nuclear waste and plutonium. However, Mike Childs comments are an indication that Friends of the Earth is perhaps moving faster and more ambitiously on this issue than many observers will have realised and I think this potential shift could hold great significance for the environmental movement as a whole.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very sad.

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the pragmatic end of the environmentalist spectrum


Spin for "we pretend to give a shit."
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