Shortly after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, the celebrated Guardian journalist George Monbiot published the most widely read article of his entire career. It was entitled ‘Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power’. Whatever you might think of his judgement, you cannot fault his sense of the dramatic, or the paradoxical. “As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral,” he announced. “I now support the technology.”

Monbiot is not the first environmentalist to back nuclear power as the solution to climate change. But this article gave him an unequalled ...


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