How Mark Lynas riled the green movement | Environment | guardian.co.uk
e360: You attribute much of this fear to scaremongering by environmentalists.
Lynas: After the accident, Greenpeace was running around giving press conferences in their white biohazard suits. There were anti-nuclear activists planning to go and sell chalk pills to supposedly save the children of Fukushima. They believe in what they're doing, but these people are nuts. And they're doing real harm by spreading fear. What we know from Chernobyl is that the psychological impacts of fear of radiation are worse — in terms of health outcomes — than the actual damage of the radiation itself. We need to learn the lessons of this and that nothing is without consequences, nuclear scare-mongering included.
e360: You seem to have undergone quite a personal and professional transformation. Ten years ago, when you were a frontline activist, you walked into a bookstore and threw a pie in the face of [Danish author] Bjorn Lomborg, who had just published The Skeptical Environmentalist.
e360: Have you talked to Lomborg since that incident?
Lynas: Yes, I have made an abject apology to him on a couple of occasions and he's been gentlemanly enough to accept it in very good grace. And in an odd sort of way, we've become quite friendly. I actually have found that I have a high regard for the work he does, even though I still don't agree with a lot of his conclusions. I think what Lomborg does is genuine, and no one should have a pie thrown in his face because he challenges conventional wisdom.