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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
“There’s something in the air,” notes energy minister Ian MacFarlane, “and I think it might actually be commonsense.” Everyone is suddenly talking up nuclear power:
WWF-Australia chief executive Greg Bourne, a former head of energy company BP Australasia, was quoted as saying Australia was destined – under all governments – to be mining uranium and exporting it to a growing world market.
Even doomsayer Tim Flannery sounds hopeful:
“Having travelled around the world looking at energy options, I am more favourably disposed towards nuclear power than I was previously, particularly when you look at the scale of the problem in China and the use of coal.”
Here’s to a future of nuclear-fuelled Buick-size refrigerators. Deeply green ex-NSW Premier Bob Carr has this to say in today’s Telegraph (not available online):
New fourth-generation reactors will be inherently safer and may only take two years to build. And storing nuclear waste in a dry, geologically stable country is hardly beyond the challenge of humankind. There’s so little real nuclear waste anyway …
Australia, with 40 per cent of the world’s uranium, can and should lead on this.
Absolutely. But Paul Gilding isn’t happy:
For the record, as an environmentalist, I think nuclear power is solidly illogical energy strategy and clearly unsustainable. It’s expensive and it’s inherently risky, creating dangerous waste and potent security challenges.
For these reasons I’m happy to have the technology fight it out in the marketplace and in the court of public opinion along with other choices, including renewable wind and solar energy, so-called “clean coal technologies”, gas and other emerging alternatives.
Nuclear will lose in a fair fight, so I reject the use of moral and emotional arguments in opposing it.
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