Within two days of meltdown in Fukushima, the British government organised a coordinated PR response to protect the nuclear power industry.
Emails obtained by the Guardian warn of potential backlash against nuclear, especially if people start comparing Fukushima to Chernobyl. “This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally,” wrote one official at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. “We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear.”
Britain has in fact not joined Germany, Japan, Italy and others in abandoning nuclear power.
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