Monbiot is the Great Leftist Enviroweirdo of all time, so when I read one of his columns and find myself nodding enthusiastically, it either means there’s hope for the world or that the physicists are right about the Brane Multiverse and I’ve just dropped into one of the alternatives by means of a metaphysical accident:
You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.
A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.
What can I say? You’re right, George Monbiot.
Wow, roll that sentence around in your mouth a bit. You’re right, George Monbiot. Doesn’t that feel weird? It’s kind of messing with my mind, I have to say. It’s making me wonder if the sun’s even going to rise tomorrow.