Dr. Patrick Moore, Co-Chair of the CASEnergy Coalition and Co-Founder of Greenpeace, spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service advocating for more nuclear power generation in the U.S.
Moore, who is known as the “sensible environmentalist,” talked about the need to increase nuclear energy in the United States and praised Entergy Arkansas for being a leader in nuclear power, which he touted as low-cost and emissions-free.
“I hope the people of Arkansas understand what a powerful resource they have through nuclear energy,” said Moore. “Nuclear energy is helping stabilize their electricity costs, preserve Arkansas’ splendid natural resources, and provide a bright future for all."
In singling out Entergy Arkansas’ nuclear efforts, which include Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville and Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., Moore noted that an estimated 70 percent of power to Entergy customers in Arkansas comes from nuclear generation.
Greenpeace evolved from the peace movement and anti-nuclear protests of the 1970′s. Moore, who helped co-found and once led Greenpeace, parted with the group in the late 1980′s. In the early part of this decade, he became a vocal advocate of nuclear power and renewable energy.
In a 2007 interview with an Australian newspaper, Moore said, "Greenpeace is wrong — we must consider nuclear power."
Moore’s trip to Little Rock involved meeting with Entergy Arkansas’ Low-Income Advocates, interacting with public policy organization Progress Arkansas, addressing a business leaders’ luncheon at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and meeting with key state government leaders interested in environmental policy.