Activists’ Fear-Mongering Against Nuclear Energy Scientifically Baseless, says Greenpeace Co-Founder
June 13, 2006, Toronto –Groups who blindly oppose nuclear energy such as the gas-funded Ontario Clean Air Alliance do a disservice to Ontarians by simply engaging in fear-mongering in order to advance their own narrow agendas, says Greenpeace co-founder and former leader Dr. Patrick Moore.
“Nuclear energy is clean, safe, cost-effective and reliable – a non-greenhouse-gas-emitting power source that can effectively replace fossil fuels while helping to alleviate the massive shortfall of 24,000 megawatts in Ontario’s energy supply expected by 2025,” Moore said.
“Activists falsely claim nuclear energy is costly when, in fact, both the International Energy Agency and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development have said new nuclear energy technologies make the construction and operating costs of nuclear energy less expensive than fossil fuel and any other form of electricity generation,” said Moore.
“Activists also attempt to sow fear by focusing on nuclear waste, which is in fact spent fuel that still contains more than 95 per cent of its potential energy,” said Moore. “Spent fuel is commonly stored securely until it can be recycled to produce more electricity,” he said.
“The alternative solution anti-nuclear activists are proposing is no solution at all,” said Moore.
“The activists are recommending relying primarily on hydro power, natural gas and conservation, but hydro is almost built to capacity in the province and natural gas contributes to greenhouse gas emissions while its price remains highly volatile,” Moore said.
“As for conservation, Ontarians are already doing their part,” said Moore. “The Ontario economy has grown by 45 percent in the past decade while energy consumption has grown by only 6 percent — if that’s not a measure of energy efficiency, I don’t know what is,” said Moore.
“It is simply not realistic — as the anti-nuclear energy activists argue — to replace existing nuclear and coal-fired plants, which currently make up 70 per cent of Ontario’s electricity production, with the measures activists are proposing,” said Moore.
“While the natural-gas-funded Ontario Clean Air Alliance may wish to oppose nuclear energy, such a position is certainly not in the long term energy and environmental interests of Ontarians,” said Moore.
“We are urging the Minister to adopt the Ontario Power Authority’s recommendations on the construction of new clean, safe and reliable nuclear power plants combined with an enhanced program of renewables because that’s the only realistic way of meeting Ontario’s energy needs,” said Moore.
Moore is Chairman and Chief Scientist of sustainability consulting firm Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. He left Greenpeace in 1986 after spending 15 years in the group’s leadership.
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For more information: Dr. Patrick Moore or Jeremy Twigg – 604-681-4122