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Wed Apr 11, 2012, 05:36 PM

Vicious words mark the war between pro and anti-nuclear environmentalists [View all]

Vicious words mark the war between pro and anti-nuclear environmentalists
The dispute is getting personal and much closer to the political bone with the fallout potentially damaging the whole idea of 'environmentalism'


The war of words between the pro- and anti-nuclear environmentalists shows no sign of ending, with those writers in favour George Monbiot, Mark Lynas, Fred Pearce and Stephen Tindale now slugging it out with those campaigning against Jonathon Porritt, Tom Burke, Tony Juniper and Charles Secrett. Everyone is pretending to be quite grown-up, polite and cool, but actually it's getting vicious.

Apart from a few gratuitous insults on either side, the dispute that has rumbled on for a few years has so far been largely technocratic and conducted with political and personal respect. In the latest skirmishes, the four former heads of Friends of the Earth (FoE) politely wrote to the prime minister advising him to drop nuclear power on cost and other grounds; whereupon the hacks also wrote to No 10 saying this advice undermined government climate change policy. Over the next month Porritt, Burke & co will issue four or five more intellectual blasts, and will convene a press conference, and we can expect the hacks to respond.

Until now it has been a classic "fundi" and "realo" split with the pros' (the realos) desperation to address climate change set against the antis' (the fundis) conviction that nuclear takes too long, is too expensive and won't actually work.

But now, the dispute is getting personal and much closer to the political bone with the fallout potentially damaging the whole idea of "environmentalism". First we have Lynas suggesting that nuclear protesters are not really environmentalists at all, then Monbiot doubted Burke's commitment to the environment despite his 40 years' active service. Now, in an extraordinary exchange of emails between Monbiot and Theo Simon who is one half of the renowned radical protest band Seize the Day all opponents of nuclear power are said to have made their arguments "with levels of bullshit and junk science".

Here's part of Monbiot's letter ...


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/apr/10/war-nuclear-environmentalists-vicious

Many many background links embedded in original.




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