Illustration of a black octopus with its head inside of a building on a red ground with yellow and white sky
This button criticizes nuclear power as being centralized. The argument is that it allows a small number of “elites” (scientific, political and/or economic) to make important decisions about energy for large area. Most often nuclear programs have been run or operated directly by governments or through support of large government subsidies. The symbolism on the button of the octopus is often associated with caricatures of government or political over reaching or “big brother” type activity that interferes with local autonomy. It is argued that a centralized model of power distribution would hurt efforts to shift to more sustainable model.
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Martin, Brian. (2007). Opposing nuclear power: past and present. Retrieved from http://www.bmartin.cc/pubs/07sa.html