Confession of an Environmental FraudJune 6, 2013
The Irish Times reports that environmentalist leader (and anti-fossil fuel zealot) Bill McKibben secretly admits to the Irish Times that nuclear power is an unavoidable part of any path to a de-carbonised future, but is unwilling to take the stance publicly because it would “split his movement.” Apparently, then, his own celebrity and political power is more important to him than taking an honest public stance. How is “putting politics before the planet” any better than his oft used accusation of others who “put profits before the planet?” Of course, McKibben would argue that the political power of his movement is a necessary first step in saving the planet. This is the more important truth that must be surrounded by a bodyguard of lies, it would seem.
The admission comes in the Times’ piece on nuclear power provoked by the release of the recent documentary Pandora’s Promise. Environmental writer John Gibbons reminds us:
What’s most likely to get us into trouble, Mark Twain observed, is not what we don’t know “it’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so”. There are few subjects on which so many people, from politicians to rock stars, NGOs and environmentalists, passionately and confidently espouse views that are so completely at variance with observed reality as nuclear energy.