Who said at the time of the Fukushima disaster, "The explosion. .. wasn't a terribly important event?" It was Malcolm Grimston posing as an 'independent' voice on energy. He was omnipresent on all television channels when talking down the damage of the world's worst nuclear calamity.
No one on the media appeared to have checked his biography. For much of his professional life he was working as a full time PR man for the nuclear industry. He was employed by them as a PR spinner from 87-95. Since then he has been writing exaggerated rubbish about the value of new nuclear. It does not end with a positive pitch. He has calculated that the best way to promote nuclear is to badmouth renewables - especially wind and tide.
In the past there was a pressure group named Country Guardians campaigning against wind turbines. They were a front funded by the nuclear industry. The usually reliable BBC Wales this morning allowed Grimston to attack tidal power with a clutch of un-scientific fears. The most ludicrous was that cables would ignite under a big pulse of tidal power. Or nuclear or any other power. He fear-mongered with a claim that tidal was unreliable. There is no renewable power source that is as predictable as tidal power.
Almost a year after the Fukushima disaster, 52 of Japan's 54 nuclear power plants had been shut down. The reactor explosion, that Grimston said was not an important event, destroyed the population's trust in nuclear energy. The damage done to the area is still incalculable.
Why are media fooled into using pro-nuclear PR spinners like Malcolm Grimston to undermine our best practical chance of renewal energy from tidal power that is clean, immense, carbon-free, British and eternal. The last person to pontificate independently on the choice of energy sources is Malcolm Grimston.