Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A bad day on the protest line

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Greenpeace had a little problem the other day.

The Inquirer tells the story:

Before President Bush touched down in Pennsylvania Wednesday to promote his nuclear energy policy, the environmental group Greenpeace was mobilizing.

"This volatile and dangerous source of energy" is no answer to the country's energy needs, shouted a Greenpeace fact sheet decrying the "threat" posed by the Limerick reactors Bush visited.

But a factoid or two later, the Greenpeace authors were stumped while searching for the ideal menacing metaphor.

We present it here exactly as it was written, capital letters and all: "In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world's worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE]."

Greenpeace is saying it was a joke in an early draft. They're aghast.

Don't let this happen to you.



LaReinaCobre said...

Chernobyl was so deadly because they were committing all kinds of safety violations even before the accident.

And anyway, former Greenpeace president Patrick Moore has changed his views on Nuclear power (see article). There is also a response to Moore's piece that I found helpful.

Anonymous said...

Wonder why that one got through? Someone did indeed have a weird sense of humor(the one who let it out, not the line itself). An inside joke that should never have gotten out....

Joel Monka said...

Who was it who said "There's many a truth spoken in jest"?