Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: pay off with nuclear energy lobby
Muenster, Germany – The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (F.A.S.) published a remarkable article which focuses on how the nuclear lobby promised the people heaven and earth.
Under the title "Atomare Priesterschaft" ("Nuclear priesterhood"), the reader gets deep insight into the beginning of nuclear energy use. The article reveals how Leo Brandt, one of the assisting chairmen of the Deutsche Atomkommission, introduced his "nuclear expertise" in 1956 in the North Rhine-Westphalian Landtag and how he announced incredible developments with the use of nuclear energy. Brandt stressed the mobility of nuclear energy by referring to a nuclear power station of a company from the U.S. which can be packed into seven boxes and be easily put together.
The subject of accidents in nuclear power stations was treated in a very casual way too. According to Wolfgan Cartellieri, at that time the state secretary of the Ministry of Atomic Energy, said the accident risk can be compared to that of a hydro dam. In addition, the article criticizes that in order to operate nuclear power stations economically, safety issues were reduced as much as possible. In the field of nuclear waste, the Washington Department of Energy is heavily criticized in the article. It promoted the development of a ‘nuclear priesterhood’ which is meant “"o pass on the expertise of nuclear waste on the basis of religious doctrines".