"All the money that's going into subsidizing solar is a waste of money," Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace, said in an interview today. "The $3.2 billion that California is subsidizing in solar would build a 1,000-MW nuclear plant and provide 10 times as much power into the system—and on a reliable basis," Moore told CNet News.Com in an interview titled "From Eco-Warrior to Nuclear Champion."
Moore, the former Greenpeace leader who is now a nuclear advocate, said that he began to rethink energy policy after he left Greenpeace: "[I] realized that I had been incorrect in my analysis of nuclear as being some kind of evil plot."
"There is no possibility that California can meet its objectives [for emission reduction] without new nuclear ... to supply the electricity," Moore said.
California law, as designed in the 1970s by neo-con Albert Wohlstetter and his greenie colleague Amory Lovins, prohibits a new nuclear plant in the state until there is a national waste repository. But Wohlstetter and Lovins promoted the lie that nuclear waste is the equivalent of a nuclear bomb, attacking reprocessing of spent fuel (97 percent of which can be made into new nuclear fuel), and shrouding in fear any efforts to establish a national spent fuel repository.