Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore says there is no proof global warming is caused by humans, but it is likely enough that the world should turn to nuclear power – a concept tied closely to the underground nuclear testing his former environmental group formed to oppose.
The chemistry of the atmosphere is changing, and there is a high-enough risk that "true believers" like Al Gore are right that world economies need to wean themselves off fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse gases, he said.
"It’s like buying fire insurance," Moore said. "We all own fire insurance even though there is a low risk we are going to get into an accident."
Greenpeace was itself fuelled in the 1970’s by opposing nuclear power.
But it’s more fun–then and now–to drive a movement like environmentalism with moral outrage and apocalyptic panic than with common sense, as I noted earlier this week.
But there are plenty of holdouts in the green world:
His critics, like Andrea Shipley, executive director of the Snake River Alliance, say he has simply sold out.
"The only reason Patrick Moore is backing something as unsafe and risky as nuclear power is he is being paid by the nuclear industry to do so," Shipley said.