On its "Weekend Edition Saturday" show, NPR aired a segment titled, "Environmentalists Rethink Stance on Nuclear Power." Who was their one example of an environmentalist turned nuclear power proponent? None other than Greenpeace co-founder turned industry flack Patrick Moore. (Environmental Defense's chief scientist was also interviewed, but cautioned about nuclear power's waste, safety and security issues.) After the first of Moore's two soundbites, NPR reporter Christopher Joyce did mention that Moore's "former [environmentalist] colleagues call him an eco-Judas. They note that Moore takes money from the nuclear industry to sing its praises. Moore replies that he embraced nuclear long before he took industry money." While NPR presented disclosure of Moore's gig as a paid spokesperson for the Nuclear Energy Institute as a "he said, she said" matter, NPR let stand without question Moore's assertion that clean power advocates either "have not done the arithmetic" or "don't realize" U.S. energy needs.
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