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We're gonna find out now Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore joins us.
He's also the author of confessions of -- -- drop out Patrick.
Does this scare you away from nuclear power.
Source no it doesn't at all Charles it's really been I exaggerated.
There is radiation all around us are granite counter tops have radiation -- them.
You know all concrete -- radio backwards to Andy's the -- that nobody in the Japanese public is being exposed to doses of radiation that would even be close to harmful.
And you know that the radiation effects research foundation based in -- -- was asked whether they -- thought it was wise to do a study.
Of the people that have been exposed they say there's no point because the doses are so low that there's no possibility they would ever discern any difference in their health history.
And when they say they're finding it in Scotland they can detect one -- I as I know very well after Chernobyl weren't there are some birth defects whether there's some lingering problems from the people that live there there was no evidence of birth defects there were 52 people.
Directly killed by the -- accident 34 of those either in the explosion or fighting the fire.
There were a few cases of thyroid cancer because hiding pills weren't taken or -- was diagnosed too late.
But this is no charitable less than 1%.
Of the radiation from charitable is involved here in Fukushima.
You're Smart person you know this inside and out what do you think though the public right now the images of this in the -- of this has has almost.
Everyone back in what Angela Merkel who -- a giant proponent of nuclear power she's backing -- she was no giant proponent of nuclear power nuclear power in Germany is on a knife -- politically.
They had a really important election just on Sunday where the greens took as a seat and will probably rule the province where.
-- Merkel wanted to win once strong there she was -- strong there but you know in the Germans are crazy about nuclear.
There's there's no other country in the world that has done what Merkel has done but she had to do it politically.
The United States Britain Japan China India Russia have all said.
We're -- -- learn lessons from this but we're not abandoning nuclear energy.
That's because we can't if we want a clean energy future if we actually want to reduce fossil fuels there is no other technology that can do it and even if you include charitable which did cause death remember Fukushima has caused no deaths and 25000.
People died in the -- -- and yet every story -- with a nuclear disaster and then talks about bodies being counted as if they're somehow associated.
Maybe the nuclear plant caused the earthquake you know it's almost like that from the -- you -- that there's.
An education problem then break so we were just talking about consumer confidence there's no confidence in nuclear right now how do you change that if what you're saying is accurate and -- typically.
There's no proof that this is dangerous.
-- -- -- the people.
Well is through education but believe me the people who live around the 64 nuclear plants states in the United States are confident about nuclear energy.
The polls show it they've lived their for decades they know they're safe they know they're clean and they know their huge -- of wealth in their community.
So I do not believe that people have lost confidence in nuclear energy.
There are places like Germany where there's always been an opposition.
To nuclear and a majority of the public even today is against nuclear even though -- alternative for them is either dirty -- -- or Russian gas I don't get.
This -- shift gears all of that you just mentioned getting us off of fossil fuels.
This really this major controversy though you know wherever whatever the alternative ultimately -- nuclear and and a combination of other things.
The brits do it will be fossil fuels.
A lot of people are so upset the idea that we.
Have been so rough and tough on our our homegrown oil companies and yet argument -- this administration's blood money to give the money.
To the Brazilians to go for offshore oil there and where's the disconnect have even justify that kind of.
I totally don't get US policy on energy resources because I just read that the United States has more fossil fuel resources domestically than any other country in the world Russia being number two.
So what is the problem here I mean everybody's worried about Middle East oil imports and yet the United States refuses to drill for its own oil.
I'm in favor of reducing our dependence on oil the only way you can do that is to build things that don't use oil like we got 250 million cars here that need oil every morning.
And you can't just say okay cut off the oil you have to supply those cars -- oil until you have a car that doesn't need oil -- that uses a lot less than that.
Like they do in Europe because their prices are actually.
Double ours for gas.
Just what he said in a state of the union where he.
-- foreshadowed the the change in American policy away from just focusing on renewables which cannot possibly do the job.
To -- clean energy technologies including natural gas and nuclear along with hydroelectric which has never been recognized.
As being the most important renewable electricity source in the United States.
That's -- more co-founder Greenpeace thank you very much really appreciate it.
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