Wednesday, 4 April 2007

I'll show you mine, if...

From an IBN article:

Federal Adelaide Labor MP Kate Ellis has demanded the prime minister reveal his plans for the location of nuclear power plants in South Australia.

"Mr Howard’s own 'Nuclear Tzar' Ziggy Switkowski has detailed the federal government construct 25 nuclear reactor plants - to be located within kilometres of major centres of population - by 2050."

“This... plan will litter Australia’s major cities with nuclear reactors.”

Ms Ellis said the prime minister had to immediately tell South Australians where the nuclear power plants would be built.

“Mr Howard cannot keep tripping around the country telling all and sundry about the benefits of nuclear power – yet at the same time fobbing off questions about just where these 25 plants will be,” she said.

Whoa, now where are all the details from those advocating other methods to reduce carbon emissions??? Where – exactly – will all these wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and biomass plants be constructed? Where are the polls with people demanding these be built in their backyards? Where are the miles and miles of cable to be laid to connect all these little distributed power stations around the country? Where is the alternative… plan Madam MP (and I beg you not to mention research… my head may explode)?

This to and fro political shadow boxing would be embarrassing if it weren’t so disappointing; each side pointing out the flaws of the other, but neither demonstrating any tangible progress.

But don't take my word for it. Read what James Lovelock had to say recetly in Adelaide (or a more passionate article from February).

Again… lead or please step out of the way.

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