Dear friends of clean nuclear energy,
For your information, here's an interesting article about
pro-nuclear ecologists who have changed their opinions, and vice
The article shows that, taking the long view over a period of a
decade, say, and even after Fukushima, there are very few if any
prominent pro-nuclear individuals or movements which
have become anti-nuclear, with the possible exception of Angela
Meanwhile, some dozens of prominent anti-nuclears now favor
nuclear energy, out of ecological or climate considerations.
So it's environmentalists for nuclear energy, as represented by
EFN, who are progressing rather than the anti-nuclear
And this movement has been little affected by Fukushima.
To remind you, AEPN(EFN) was created in France in 1996 after the
publication in 1995 of Bruno Comby's Un écologiste
pour le nucléaire
which was reprinted
the provocative title Le nucléaire avenir de
the future of ecology lie with nuclear power?
]. Then in
2000 an English version with preface by our friend James
Lovelock was published under the title Environmentalists For Nuclear
There followed a long chain of conversions of anti-nuclears to
pro-nuclears. First among them, in 2004, the Anglican Bishop of
Birmingham, Hugh Montefiore (1920 - 2005) who had been
Trustee of the anti-nuclear and historic Friends of the
Earth for 20 years; he was read out of that
organization on becoming pro-nuclear.
In 2005 it was Patrick Moore, one of the co-founders of
Greenpeace in 1971 and an international director for 9 years;
then one after the other Stewart Brand (Whole Earth Catalog),
Stephen Tindale (also Greenpeace), and many others named in
Barry Brook's article.
George Monbiot, a well-known British journalist and
environmentalist, changed sides after several discussions and
public debates with EFN over the years, notably several on-air
discussions on BBC, starting in 2004.
Some environmentalists still hesitate to speak publicly in favor
of the ecological benefits of nuclear energy, even though their
personal opinions are basically pro-nuclear; one example is
Nicolas Hulot in France. Others have no qualms about speaking of
the environmental advantages of nuclear power; Jean-Marc
Jancovici, or Dr Jean-Louis Etienne in France.
What I find interesting is the absence of examples of conversion
in the opposite sense; that is, pro-nuclears becoming
Even after Fukushima, in France or abroad, there seem to be
no example other than Angela Merkel, and her change of position
can be attributed to political considerations as she tried,
vainly, by this move to avoid losing some local landers in the
2011 elections in Germany shortly after Fukushima.