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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Earthlife Africa and Greenpeace on Patrick Moore

Press Statement - Patrick Moore in South Africa
Earthlife Africa Cape Town

Cape Town, 10 March, 2008 - Patrick Moore is in South Africa at a time when the country is experiencing electricity shortages and when decisions must be made about investing substantial amount of resources into new energy capacity. Patrick Moore's visit is also at an opportune time as South Africa reviews its premier energy policy document - the 1998 white paper on energy

As much as Patrick Moore has the right to an opinion, Earthlife Africa Nuclear Energy Cost the Earth Campaign (NECTEC) object to a number of matters associated with his visit to South Africa. Firstly, we would like to clear that Patrick Moore is not a Greenpeace founder and that he is simply providing public relation services to the nuclear industry and other controversial issues including genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We are concerned that the public is being misinformed that Patrick Moore, who left the organisation more than 20 years ago, is paraded as a Greenpeace founder.

"Patrick Moore was one of the people involved in sailing the ship Phyllis Cormack against Amchitka nuclear tests in 1971, but his claims that he is a co-founder are not true. The initiative against those nuclear tests origins in 1969, and only two years later Moore sent a letter in which he introduced himself as a student and asked if he could join. Both his application from March 16, 1971, and a response from "Greenpeace/Don't Make a Wave Committee" dated March 24, 1971 have been archived. And it is a matter of fact that co-founders do not have to write applications to join" said Jan Beranek, Greenpeace International nuclear campaigner.

Moore, who once denied the existence of climate change, is in South Africa on a mission to save the world from the wrath of global warming by pursuing rigorous nuclear programs, as well as projects to plant genetically modified trees that can absorb more carbon from the air. "This comes from a man who carries a counterfeited Greenpeace co-founder card which he uses to hide the fact that he came to South Africa to mislead the nation aided by the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA)," said Sibusiso Mimi acting nuclear spokesperson.

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From: Earthlife Africa
Nuclear Energy Cost the Earth Campaign Media Desk
021 447 4912

Press Release: Patrick Moore's pro-nuclear tour of South Africa

Cape Town, 6 March 2008 - Greenpeace today, urged South Africans to ignore the highly paid pro-nuclear preaching of Patrick Moore, who uses a false claim of being one of the organisation's founders to bolster his opinion for industrial hire.

Patrick Moore was one of the people involved in sailing the ship 'Phyllis Cormack' to Amchitka to protest planned US nuclear weapons nuclear tests in 1971. However, his claim to be a Greenpeace co-founder is untrue. The initiative against those nuclear tests began in 1969, and only two years later did Moore send a letter in which he introduced himself as a student and asked if he could join.

Since leaving Greenpeace in 1985, Moore has been a paid propagandist for a number of polluting industries, including: defending clear-cut logging of forests in British Columbia, downplaying deforestation in Amazonia, supporting controversial mining projects, and promoting genetic engineering. On some occasions he has even been in the Climate Sceptic camp.

Moore is listed and offered by the Global Speakers Agency that asks big money for public performances.

Greenpeace has reviewed its anti-nuclear stance in light of both global warming and energy security and found that nuclear power is a deadly distraction from the real energy solutions to these problems. While world-wide climate change is being used as the new rationale for nuclear power, in South Africa, the rolling black outs are the most pressing problem, but power cuts cannot be addressed by nuclear power which will not be available until 2016, at the earliest. Renewable energy and energy efficiency can deliver quickly and cheaply.

Nothing has changed with the nuclear industry, it remains deadly, dangerous, expensive, a nuclear proliferation threat and leaves a legacy of nuclear waste that will threaten the lives and livelihoods for many generations to come. South Africans would be well advised to ask what is happening to the deadly nuclear waste pilling up at the Koeberg plant and to ask how in the event of an accident the residents of Cape Town are to be evacuated and to see the nuclear books of Eskom?

Greenpeace has shown that there is a path to achieving a 50 per cent reduction in the world's global warming emissions by 2050, while at the same time phasing out nuclear power. Greenpeace's Energy [R]evolution blueprint shows that renewable energy, combined with greater energy efficiency, can deliver half of the world's energy needs by 2050.

Notes to editors:

To find out more about Greenpeace's Energy revolution see:

Contact information:

Jan Beranek, Greenpeace nuclear campaigner
Tel: 00 31 65 11 095 58



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