Dr. Christopher Busby calls Monbiot’s claims “total nonsense,” challenges British environmentalist to television debate
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, March 28, 2011
Prominent nuclear and radiation expert Dr. Christopher Busby has slammed British global warming alarmist George Monbiot as being “criminally irresponsible” for writing a series of articles for the Guardian in which Monbiot downplays the threat of radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in a bid to shore up his claims about man-made climate change being a far deadlier concern.
In the wake of Fukushima, we have seen numerous self-proclaimed environmentalists who are normally so quick to raise the alarm about devastation caused by man-made global warming, actually downplaying the environmental concerns attached to the Fukushima crisis, radiation, and nuclear power in general.
Chief amongst them is prominent British environmentalist George Monbiot, who in an article for the London Guardian last week entitled, Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power, wrote that critics of how Fukushima is being handled had, “wildly exaggerated the dangers of radioactive pollution”.
“As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology,” added Monbiot.
Monbiot’s bizarre nuclear “kool-aid” moment was perhaps written in haste at a time when he believed Japanese claims that the crisis was diminishing. But in the past few days, the situation at Fukushima has worsened considerably. Officials hastily retracted numbers yesterday which suggested that radiation levels in the containment building of reactor number 2 were an astounding 10 million times above normal. In addition, water purifications plants across Japan have been told to stop taking in rainwater as radiation levels in the atmosphere continue to rise.
Monbiot’s rhetoric is a stark reminder that many leading environmentalists don’t give a damn about real threats to the environment, preferring instead to spend all their time obsessing about carbon dioxide emissions and thinking up new ways to exploit global warming fearmongering as a means of controlling every aspect of our lives.
While weaving terrorizing scenarios about man-made climate change making whole areas of the planet uninhabitable, most notably the island of Tuvulu, which global warming alarmists already claim has been abandoned due to rising sea levels when in fact its population has doubled in the past three decades, alarmists like Monbiot don’t seem to be too fussed when real environmental catastrophes like Chernobyl really do make entire regions uninhabitable.
Indeed, others have gone even further. Columnist Ann Coulter appeared on Fox News to ludicrously proclaim that exposure to radiation was “good for you”. Given that she’s so enamored with the apparent health benefits of radioactive fallout, which new studies blame for nearly a million cancer deaths in the 25 years since Chernobyl, we offered to send Coulter on an all-expenses paid holiday to Fukushima. We’ve not heard back from her.
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During an interview with Paul Joseph Watson on The Alex Jones Show, nuclear expert Dr. Christopher Busby savaged Monbiot for dismissing the innumerable health and environmental threats posed by radiation exposure. Busby is a British scientist and former Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risks.
“I have to say that I know George Monbiot and he doesn’t know anything,” said Busby, adding that Monbiot’s claims were “total nonsense,” “tosh,” and that it was “criminally irresponsible for him to write what he writes given that he doesn’t know anything.”
Busby also explained how Monbiot had approached him two years ago for information about the effects of low dose radiation and how he had gone to some length to write an article for Monbiot which he subsequently ignored. “He’s quite ignorant, he’s an ignorant person when it comes to this,” said Busby.
“The nonsense he is writing now is much more dangerous because it’s in the middle of a crisis when people are being exposed to these radionuclides and becoming contaminated,” said Busby, before predicting a “very large and measurable increase in cancer and other ill health after this accident,” for people living in northern Japan and Tokyo.
Busby, who warned that the situation at Fukushima was already worse than Chernobyl, openly challenged Monbiot to a live television debate on the issue.
“I do court cases on this issue and win them, so the evidence is just massive that he’s wrong,” said Busby, adding, “I’ve researched this stuff for 20 years, I’ve written two research papers on it, I’ve studied epidemiological correlations between radiation and health – I know what I’m talking about, these people don’t know what they’re talking about,” he said.
Watch the full interview below. The comments about Monbiot begin after the 13:30 mark.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.
This article was posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 at 8:52 am