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Helen Caldicott vs George Monbiot: “Prescription for Survival”


Anti-nuclear poster

Anti-nuclear poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Democracy Now!
March 30, 2011

“Prescription for Survival”: A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy Between Anti-Coal Advocate George Monbiot and Anti-Nuclear Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott

The crisis in Japan has refueled the rigorous global debate about the viability of nuclear power. Japan remains in a “state of maximum alert” as the experts scramble to contain radiation that is leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Nuclear energy remains a controversial topic in climate change discourse, as environmental activists argue how to best reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere—often the debate pits one non-renewable energy against another as renewable energy technology and research remains underfunded. Democracy Now! hosts a debate today about the future of nuclear energy between British journalist George Monbiot and Dr. Helen Caldicott. Monbiot has written extensively about the environmental and health dangers caused by burning coal for energy, and despite the Fukushima catastrophe, stands behind nuclear power. Caldicott is a world-renowned anti-nuclear advocate who has spent decades warning of the medical hazards posed by nuclear technologies, and while agreeing about the dangers of burning coal, insists the best option is to ban nuclear power. [includes rush transcript]

via “Prescription for Survival”: A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy Between Anti-Coal Advocate George Monbiot and Anti-Nuclear Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott


on Mar 30, 2011

George Monbiot vs. Dr. Helen Caldicott: A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy. Part 1 of 2

George Monbiot vs. Dr. Helen Caldicott: A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy. Part 2 of 2


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11 Responses

  1. [...] Helen Caldicott vs George Monbiot: “Prescription for Survival” [...]

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  5. Hoping folks don’t foresake the reality of Japan.
    Aside from all else…

    Today they escalated the disaster to ’7′ ie as bad as Chernobyl.

    I/we saw this from the first steam the day of the waves.

    This is a very big disaster, and will spread globally.
    It’s gotten worse each day.

    People shold have vacated, they should have sandbagged the thing.

    I’m sad for the people and all living things bathing in this death.

  6. [...] Helen Caldicott vs George Monbiot: “Prescription for Survival” [...]

  7. George Monbiot warns of cherry-picking as he picks his own cherries. Then he creates a false dichotomy – an either-or fallacy – as he pretends that the only alternative to nuclear power is coal and global warming. In truth, there are numerous choices not involving coal or nuclear power, though if Monbiot and the people he now evidently shills for have their way, we will get both coal and nuclear power.

    What is most telling about Monbiot is that he could be using his time and energy to promote safe alternatives, such as truly sustainable energy and greater efficiency. Instead, he spends it promoting the most dangerous and deadly form of energy ever devised.

    But worst of all is that he is lying about global warming as well. Nuclear energy is no solution. While nuclear power plants themselves don’t emit much CO2 during operation, the construction of the plants, the decommissioning of the plants, the mining of fuel, the processing of fuel, the reprocessing of spent fuel, and the handling of spent wastes all produce enormous amounts of CO2.

    Monbiot is neither stupid nor naïve, which leaves only a third, less pleasant, possibility.

  8. I used to admire George Mobiot – no longer! Who on Earth is paying him to disseminate the bullshit he is spewing!? The key problem continue to be, and will remain, what to do with the nuclear waste. Long after oil, gas and coal have been exhausted, radiation from nuclear waste will still be around causing all kinds of health damages to future generations – assuming of course, there will be any future generations left.

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