Nuclear: too slow, too expensive – too simplistic

The green mantra that nuclear is 'too slow and too expensive' may contain a grain of truth, but it papers over important complexities that suggest nuclear could be valuable in addressing global warming.

Australia is in the very fortunate position of having a very large amount of land and a low population, located in an area of the world exposed to the roaring forties wind pattern and some of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world. For that reason it is technically conceivable that Australia could meet a very high proportion of its electricity needs from renewable energy. It is much more challenging for other countries around the world with much higher population densities that make up the vast bulk of global emissions. However, writing off nuclear power on the basis of the green groups’ slogan ‘too slow and too expensive’ is in fact too dangerous.

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