Fukushima turns George Monbiot PRO-nuclear

The way ahead for Australia

Sorry if this has turned into a nuclear power blog, but this is too good. Yes, you read that correctly. The events at Fukushima have convinced George Monbiot of the benefits of nuclear power, and its safety:

You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.

A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.

Some greens have wildly exaggerated the dangers of radioactive pollution. For a clearer view, look at the graphic published by xkcd.com. It shows that the average total dose from the Three Mile Island disaster for someone living within 10 miles of the plant was one 625th of the maximum yearly amount permitted for US radiation workers. This, in turn, is half of the lowest one-year dose clearly linked to an increased cancer risk, which, in its turn, is one 80th of an invariably fatal exposure. I’m not proposing complacency here. I am proposing perspective.

If other forms of energy production caused no damage, these impacts would weigh more heavily. But energy is like medicine: if there are no side-effects, the chances are that it doesn’t work. (source)

Well said. George, for once, we salute you. (h/t Konrad in comments, and Delingpole)



  1. Well pickle my grandmother,this sanity thing could possibly catch on.

  2. It’s actually really heartening to read this because it shows that even some of the most extreme warmenists can be capable of rational thought in some areas. If they could apply that a bit more consistently that would be even better. They might even start conceding that their treasured “global warming” isn’t nearly as bad as they’ve been saying.

  3. Another few months and we will discover Monbiot is a long lost brother of Dellingpole.

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