The Strange Transformation of Dr. Patrick Moore
“Nuclear powerplants are, next to nuclear warheads themselves, the most dangerous devices that man has ever created.
Their construction and proliferation is the most irresponsible, in fact the most criminal, act ever to have taken place
on the planet.”
Dr. Patrick Moore wrote those words for the 1976 issue of the Greenpeace Report when he was Vice-President of the
Greenpeace Foundation. Yes the same Dr. Patrick Moore who this week was appointed along with former EPA Administrator
Christine Todd Whitman to co-chair the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition to promote nuclear power plants in the United
Back in 1976, Dr. Moore said he wrote those words in order to bring to the public the “true understanding of the nuclear
He described nuclear power plants as “slow atomic bombs” and warned that radioactive waste was an “insoluble problem.”
In the report he strongly condemns Dr. Edward Teller for promoting nuclear power yet here he is now filling Dr. Teller’s
shoes presenting the same arguments in support of nuclear power that he scientifically dismissed in 1976.
Dr. Moore’s Greenpeace report ends with the statement; “The time to stop this crime against ourselves and countless
future generations is now.”
There has not been a nuclear power plant built in the United States for over three decades thanks to the campaigns waged
by the environmental movement. Patrick Moore and Greenpeace contributed to that victory.
Now Moore is saying that it was all a mistake.
At a media conference this week, Moore said, “Scientific evidence shows that nuclear power is an environmentally sound
and safe energy choice.”
Yet how can we trust him? In 1976 he wrote “It should be remembered that there are employed in the nuclear industry some
very high-powered public relations organizations. One can no more trust them to tell the truth about nuclear power than
about which brand of toothpaste will result in this apparently insoluble problem.”
Perhaps Dr. Moore will enlighten us as to when this problem he cited was remedied. When did nuclear reactors become 100%
safe and when did the radioactive waste problem he warned about become solved?
Dr. Moore wrote this report before Three Mile Island and before Chernoybl yet now insists that nuclear power is safe,
acceptable and has his full support as a “scientist”. He has never explained why he came to this revolutionary
Except that Moore no longer works for Greenpeace. He now heads one of those public relations organizations that he
warned us we could not trust. He has cashed in his “credibility” as the former President of Greenpeace Canada and as a
Greenpeace co-founder and now shills for logging, waste management, biogenetic engineering companies and now the nuclear
The late Robert Hunter, the first President of Greenpeace called Patrick Moore the Eco-Judas.
Judas collected his thirty pieces of silver and then hung himself in shame. Moore is collecting considerably more than
30 pieces of silver in his new role and has no shame.
Instead of being called Eco-Judas, we now should call him Eco-whore.
Paul Watson is the Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He is also the co-founder along with
Dr. Patrick Moore and Bob Hunter of the Greenpeace Foundation. Paulwatson@earthlink.net