Disclosure of Patrick Moore

DISCLOSURE of Patrick Moore Paid Nuclear Industry Spokesperson

Patrick Moore is a FORMER Greenpeace activist (1971-1986) who has been a corporate consultant since at least 1991. He began working for the Nuclear Energy Institute front group, the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, in 2006. Moore is also listed as an honorary member of Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy-USA and the Honorary Chair of Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy-Canada. [1]

Greenpeace on Patrick Moore

Harvey Wasserman, a senior advisor to Greenpeace USA since 1990, wrote, "Moore has claimed for years to be a founder of Greenpeace, an exaggeration of his actual role. ...Moore now gets big money defending the indefensible, posing as a reformed environmentalist who has seen the light ... any light he is paid to see. He has hyped genetically modified crops, PVCs, and brominated flame retardants. He has soft-pedaled dioxins and toxic mine tailings dumped by Newmont mines into Indonesia bays."[2]

Moore on Nuclear Power, Then

In the 1976 issue of the Greenpeace Report, Moore wrote, Nuclear power plants are, next to nuclear warheads themselves, the most dangerous devices that man has ever created. Their construction and proliferation is the most irresponsible, in fact the most criminal, act ever to have taken place on the planet. ...

It should be remembered that there are employed in the nuclear industry some very high-powered public relations organizations. One can no more trust them to tell the truth about nuclear power than about which brand of toothpaste will result in this apparently insoluble problem. [3]

Moore on Nuclear Power, Now

In a 2006 interview with Iceland Review, Moore claimed that the dangers of nuclear power "are overstated. Chernobyl was the only accident that caused death and injury and that style of Soviet reactor should never have been built. Of course, there are risks with all technologies, but nuclear is one of the safest. Many of the other Chernobyl-style reactors are still operating, after they were refit so that a Chernobyl type accident could not occur again. We learn from our mistakes." [4]

Flight from Greenpeace

In 1984 he became involved in a family business, Quatsino Seafarms Ltd, farming salmon on Vancouver Island. Until 1991 he was President of the company and between 1986 and 1989 was President of British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association.

Following claims by the United Fishermans and Allied Workers Union about pollution by the industry generally, the Vancouver Sun reported “Moore called the union’s concerns ‘phony’ saying that we are not causing pollution and there is no such thing as genetic pollution”.[5]

In 1990, PR consultant James Hoggan (who had worked for Western Forest Products) told a meeting of forest executives that the industry was wasting millions on ineffective PR. He said he and Patrick Moore had designed a “green audit” program to sell to industry.[6]   Subsequently, Moore and two others formed Greenspirit to help business and government ‘incorporate the environmental agenda”.[7]   In 1991, the year Moore created Greenspirit, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the timber industry created Forest Alliance of B.C. [8]

In 1991 Moore was appointed as Director of the British Columbia Forest Alliance which was described by O'Dwyer's PR Services Report, as “a Burson-Marsteller created group, bankrolled by large timber companies”, which "is waging a PR war with environmentalists upset with the logging of rainforests in western Canada.”[9]

In August 1993 Moore was part of the delegation that lobbied a US foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, against a decision to fund British Columbian environmental groups. Following the meeting, the Chair of the BC Forest Alliance, Jack Munro, told the Vancouver Sun “we are not opposed to them giving money to environmental groups. We are opposed to money filtering into protectionists like the people protesting the Clayquot”, he said.[10]

In 2000 Moore went to the Brazilian Amazon rainforests for the filming of a documentary by Marc Morano for American Investigator, According to an interview in the New York Post, Moore dismissed concerns about the impacts of logging, mining and clearing for agriculture on the Amazonian rainforests. "All these save-the-forests arguments are based on bad science ... They are quite simply wrong. We found that the Amazon rainforest is more than 90 percent intact. We flew over it and met all the environmental authorities. We studied satellite pictures of the entire area," he said.[11]

Moore’s clients[12] -though the list has not been updated since 2000 - have included:

  • B.C. Hazardous Waste Management Corporation (1991-92);   Moore established the B.C. Carbon Project – ‘working to achieve a common understanding of the carbon budget and the implications of global climate change for B.C’ - which received a $C145,000 grant in May 1991. Moore’s involvement ended in 1994;
  • On retainer to the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association to tour European countries to counter advocacy by environmental groups for a boycott of British Columbian forest products (1992-96);
  • Westcoast Energy and BC Gas 1993-1994 “to design a public consultation process to address greenhouse gas emissions for the natural gas sector in B.C”;
  • BHP Minerals to facilitate a round table on proposals to use the abandoned Island Copper mine as a landfill site (1993-94);
  • Director and Vice-President, Environment and Government Affairs for Waterfurnace International 1995-1998 to “build awareness of the benefits of renewable earth energy technology”. According to his website, Moore remains a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Consultant to the National Association of Forest Industries in Australia for a national tour defending the logging of native forests (1996);
  • Consultant to the Canadian Mining Association and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada “on the role of biodiversity in environmental policy in the mining industry” (1996);
  • Consultant to BHP Minerals (Canada) Ltd. to author a paper on the environmental impact of submarine tailings disposal over the 23-year life of the Island Copper Mine on Vancouver Island (1996);
  • Speaker for numerous timber industry associations including the American Forest and Paper Association, the Council of European Paper Industries, State Forestry Associations in Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, Maine, and Florida, the National Hardwood Lumber Association (1998-1999);
  • Gave evidence in support of bio-technology before the New Zealand Royal Commission on Genetic Modification and undertook at tour of Southeast Asia, hosted by the International Service for Assistance with Agro-Biotech Applications. “Led seminars in Bangkok and Jakarta on the benefits of biotechnology for farmers in developing countries”, Moore’s website states (2000);
  • Speaker for groups including the Filipino Society of Foresters and the Agro-Food Canada (2000); and
  • Consultant to the largest manufacturer of PVC in Canada, IPEX, to “intervene in the environmental policy of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid”. The environmental guidelines adopted for the Sydney Olympics recommended against the use of PVC wherever possible.

 




[1] Patrick Moore, "Use nuclear energy", The Times of Trenton New Jersey, September 21, 2007.

[2] The sham of nuke power & Patrick Moore, The Free Press  February 28, 2007 http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/7/2007/1502

[3]“The Strange Transformation of Dr. Patrick Moore”, Independence News Scoop, April 2006. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00348.htm

[4]“Going Nuclear”, Published in Iceland Review no 44.03. Interviewed by Edward Weinman, November 17, 2006.   http://www.icelandreview.com/features/politics%5Fand%5Fbusiness/?ew_news...

[5]The Vancouver Sun, June 23, 1988

[6] Canada News Wire, October 2, 1990.

[7] Canadian Press Newswire, January 8, 1991.

[8] Canadian Press Newswire, January 8, 1991.

[9] "Timber group formed by B-M, battles greenies via ads", O'Dwyers PR Services Report, Volume 9 Number 6, June 1995, pages 1, 14-17.

[10] Stewart Bell and David Hogben, &"MacBlo says environmentalists should retract bribing accusation", The Vancouver Sun, August 18, 1993.

[11]ECO-SCIENTISTS DENY AMAZON'S IN DANGER, The New York Post, May 31, 2000