The nuclear industry's long-term campaign of deception exposed by an independent investigation in Japan is almost certainly not an isolated case, the Australian Greens warned today.
Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said it would be surprising if Japan was the only victim of corrupt and dishonest tactics from the nuclear industry.
"The stacking of public meetings by nuclear sector stooges and collusion with corrupt officials to suppress opposition to nuclear power in Japan is a case study in the lengths to which this industry is prepared to go. In the globalised economy, the idea that these kinds of practices would only be occurring in Japan is an example of extreme optimism."
Senator Ludlam said the nuclear industry campaign went beyond stacking public meetings with company goons.
"As though infiltrating community meetings with nuclear industry employees pretending to be farmers and other local residents wasn't nefarious enough, evidence shows officials as high up as the Governor of Kyushu have been working with the industry to manipulate public opinion and promote the nuclear sector.
"Worse still, another investigation has found that a number of nuclear firms colluded with the Nuclear Safety Agency - the very body charged with regulating the industry - to rig public forums on the issue. Japan is one of the world's leading industrialised powers - what is the nuclear industry getting away with in other countries?"
Senator Ludlam said vigilance was especially needed now that the nuclear industry is in retreat.
"The nuclear industry is dying but the company bosses are being dragged kicking and screaming to the funeral. They will fight hard to promote their business, and truth is often the first casualty."
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