Monday, May 15, 2006

Another Environmentalist for Nuclear Energy

Another leader in the global environmental movement has broken with orthodoxy, and is now openly advocating the expansion of nuclear energy on a global basis. From Sunday's edition of The Australian:

THE outspoken chief of environment group WWF Australia has gone to London to lobby the international organisation to overturn its anti-nuclear stance.

Greg Bourne flew out on Friday, a day after he rocked the environment movement by declaring Australia was "destined" to expand uranium mining.

Mr Bourne will attend a WWF International global energy taskforce meeting this week with senior managers of one of the world's biggest and most influential conservation groups.

The taskforce aims to formulate an energy policy model for dealing with climate change and restraining global warming to an average 2C above the Earth's global average temperature.

Mr Bourne, former president of BP Australia, will argue the case for nuclear energy to be a part of that energy policy.
Keep an eye on London this week.

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2 comments:

Grant said...

Hi - just wanted to let you know that the article you quote isn’t accurate at all.

In a Letter to the Editor (that remains unpublished to my knowledge) Greg outright refuses the claim. I’ve republished the letter on my personal weblog here.

As for the claim in the article that “ordered the organisation’s global anti-nuclear policy be removed from WWF Australia’s website in March” - I’m the website manager and I can assure you that no such request was made, nor carried out.

Just thought you (and your readers) would like to know the real story.

We are receiving our official briefing from Greg today, but I do know that WWF has not changed it's stance on nuclear.

Paul Primavera said...

Grant,

That means that WWF prefers animals as well as humans should die from the air pollution caused by coal fired base-load power plants that only nuclear energy can displace without toxic environmental impact?

No sarcasm intended, but exactly what wild life does WWF protect?