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Greenpeace doth protest too much

Greenpeace hippies were arrested in Courtice, Ontario yesterday for delaying hearings on new nuclear reactors for the province.

…nine members of Greenpeace stood in front of the joint review panel on stage holding banners reading “No nukes are safe. Stop Darlington.” Some had tape over their mouths, others chained themselves to the table.  Greenpeace spokesman Shawn Patrick Stensil said there was nothing stopping the panel from proceeding with the activists silently standing in front of them.  “They’re just bearing witness to the fact that these hearings are moving forward while ignoring one of the greatest threats to future generations of Ontarians – that is, a Fukushima-scale accident,” he said.

Except there was no ‘accident’ at Fukushima.  Not in the traditional sense of a technology failure or human error.  The Japanese plant was rocked by a 9.0 earthquake and then smashed with a huge tsunami – yet the reactor cores remain contained and every indication is that leaked radiation remains low and manageable.  Not to minimize the frightening reality on the ground for local people, but this could have been a whole order of magnitude worse if the plant had not been so robust.

Even deep greenie George Monbiot underwent a conversion after witnessing how tough Fukushima is:

I still loathe the liars who run the nuclear industry. Yes, I would prefer to see the entire sector shut down, if there were harmless alternatives. But there are no ideal solutions. Every energy technology carries a cost; so does the absence of energy technologies. Atomic energy has just been subjected to one of the harshest of possible tests, and the impact on people and the planet has been small. The crisis at Fukushima has converted me to the cause of nuclear power.

Take a moment to assimilate that – George Monbiot, a pro-nuke convert.  The reason for his change of heart/mind is simple, he recognizes a simple truth that Greenpeace denies – the modern world cannot function without affordable energy:

…how do we drive our textile mills, brick kilns, blast furnaces and electric railways – not to mention advanced industrial processes? Rooftop solar panels? The moment you consider the demands of the whole economy is the moment at which you fall out of love with local energy production.

I’ve written about Greenpeace the energy deniers before:

The question is what Greenpeace would replace our current energy with, but beyond sweeping generalizations; it has no answer. It’s not enough to simply deny us the means of living a civilized life while claiming that the sky is falling. They need to get out of the way and let the world generate the power it needs, preferably with nuclear plants that emit no pollution; real pollution, that is, not harmless but demonized CO2.

The hippies that delayed the nuclear hearings for five hours are no-solution, anti-human activists only interested in getting their faces in the papers and drumming up more money for Greenpeace.  The organization exists only to raise money and pursue its misanthropic agenda.

Here’s a challenge for Greenpeace, put up or shut up.

In my other life as a writer, the unforgettable rule of telling a good story is to ‘show, not tell’.  It’s time for Greenpeace, the NRDC, Sierra Club et al to do just that – stop preaching and show us that what you demand for the rest of us is possible.

Design and build a small town that relies only on your approved energy sources.  Populate it with as many thousands of well-meaning hippies you can find and show us all how life is under the Big Green thumb.  Even on a small scale, say a few thousand people in a few hundred homes, for a couple of years.  Big Green could raise the cash to undertake such an event – organizations like GE and others might throw free tech at the idea just for the publicity. If it works, you get to point to Hippieville and say “see, it’s possible, we did it.”

I realize that such an idea is radical in that it means actually doing something other than inconveniencing people or climbing things that don’t belong to you, but that’s my challenge to the hippies.  Show us, or get out of the way.