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The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 23/03/2011

Panic mongering against nuclear power

In reaction to the catastrophe in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi, Germany has temporarily shut down seven of its oldest reactors, while the EU energy commissioner has called for a nuclear phaseout. The conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph finds such panic mongering uncalled for: "In a serious nuclear incident, panic will win out over reason unless there is someone who is both trustworthy and informed to speak out on behalf of reason. Cases like this need good risk analysis that can be handed to the media and so calm the debate. What was missing in Japan, the European Commission and Germany was the authoritative voice of a chief scientific adviser, who can quell the panic and point out any problems. Because until we know that, none of us can begin to understand how to manage the risks associated with disasters, whether delivered by humans, or nature, or both."

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