A paralysing fear is that of cataclysmic consequences should something go wrong. The initial impression for many was that the disintegration of nuclear production at Fukushima in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami, would set back the recovering cause for nuclear. Perhaps not.
Today's Guardian contains account of a Damascene conversion to nuclear by one independent minded green. That person is none other than George Monbiot. The full article is here but I will reproduce the killer paragraph which challenges the sentimental, doom distorted perspective adopted by many:
"A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.And these follies are added to the folly of enacting the 'groundbreaking' Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, demonising carbon on the basis of similarly flawed evidence.
Some greens have wildly exaggerated the dangers of radioactive pollution."