Günther Oettinger, Europe\’s energy commissioner, said: \”There is talk of an apocalypse and I think the word is particularly well chosen. Practically everything is out of control. I cannot exclude the worst in the hours and days to come.\”
Note who\’s talking here:
Francois Baroin, a French government spokesman, went further, saying: \”In the worst of cases, it could have an impact worse than Chernobyl.\” He added: \”They have visibly lost the essential of control.\”
Malcolm Grimston, a British nuclear expert at the Chatham House think tank, played down suggestions of an impending disaster, saying Fukushima was not like Chernobyl.
\”We\’re nearly five days after the fission process was stopped, the levels of radioactive iodine will only be about two–thirds of where they were at the start, some of the other, very short–lived, very radioactive material will be gone altogether by now,\” he said.
Earlier, Nathalie Kosciusko–Morizet, France\’s ecology minister, had said that \”the worst scenario is possible and even probable\”.
A bureaucrat and an environmentalist say it\’s terrible. An expert says, well, hang on a minute……