Tuesday, 26 February 2008

WA Opposition urges consideration of nuclear

Shadow energy minister John Day said the Carpenter Government needed to accept nuclear energy as a part of the long-term solution and reconsider its opposition.

Complete story from thewest.com.

Polarised politicians rarely make for 'tough decisions' or tangible action. Day's words are worthy of consideration and I'm glad he's mustering the courage to make the point while so many are happy to brush nuclear off the table for shorter term political or financial gains. There's a saying that I believe is attributed to native Americans; something about not inheriting the world from our parents but rather borrowing it from our children.

Our poor kids.

I made a comment on this article from the ABC. In my comment, I pointed out that many Australians [a majority if the last election can be used as an indication] feel the risks associated with nuclear power outweigh those related to climate change. Since there have been no deaths resulting from nuclear energy production, in the United States for example - home to more reactors than any other country, during about 40 or so years of commercial nuclear power; we can remain confident that climate change is really nothing to worry about. Similar performance records are found in other countries employing western facility designs [France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea, etc.]. For more, see the article.

As Garnaut is trying to emphasise; Australia is to suffer the most sever consequences from our lack of leadership, lack of ingenuity and - I regret to say - our lack of courage.

From this article on a new solar plant coming to Victoria in 2013 thanks to TRUenergy [good, just not enough].

TRUenergy pledged last year not to construct any more coal powered stations, is the only Australian energy company to commit to reducing emissions by 60% by 2050 but doubts Professor Garnaut's target was achievable.

"To have a 90% reduction by 2050 would mean completely new technologies in terms of renewables and would need existing fossil-fuel technologies, whether coal or gas, to be linked in with carbon capture and storage. Unless those new technologies are available and unless the CCS capabilities are available, and in the absence of anything like nuclear power, then that 90% reduction would be difficult to achieve," [TRUenergy's managing director, Richard McIndoe] said.
We simply can not get there from here without nuclear power.

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