Recently I discovered an interesting and very useful resource. Following are some of the facets of the material offered by proprietor “Red Craig”.
Energy and Climate Change: Articles of Special Interest (as I write, there are three up-to-date July 2010 references)
“Red Craig” has obviously done his homework on energy policy, and is well-informed on renewables and nuclear energy. You will find that he has put a lot of energy and time into these essays — but does not seem to be receiving the credit that he deserves (in terms of Google juice).
When the Berlin wall fell, East Germans were astounded to learn that West Germans were better off than they were. Every time East Europeans liberated themselves they made the same discovery. Today, North Koreans are starving but they believe the South Koreans are worse off. The fact is, propaganda works.
In the same way, anti-nuclear political organizations have succeeded in convincing people that nuclear energy is a threat to the environment. As we have discussed in earlier articles, nuclear energy has the best safety record and the best environmental record of any practical energy source. It also is essential to minimizing global warming. But anti-nuclear activists have cloaked themselves as Defenders of the Environment and by constantly hammering people with the same slogans they’ve made people so secure in their misconceptions that most never have looked at the issue plainly.
Eric Hoffer knew the value of anti-nuclearism before it even existed when he wrote about true believers:
“When Hitler was asked whether he thought the Jew must be destroyed, he answered: ‘No. . . . We should have then to invent him. It is essential to have a tangible enemy, not merely an abstract one.'”
So nuclear energy has been enormously valuable to political organizations. They can command immediate obedience from their followers by continually fabricating misinformation.