What's really wrong with nuclear?

Nuclear power is worthy of consideration for Australia’s future energy mix, but it isn’t helped by nuclear advocates who seem more intent on trashing current efforts to reduce emissions than seeing us avoid dangerous climate change.

As we approach the 12 month anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, it’s worth reflecting on the potential future role of nuclear power in this country. In spite of this disaster the Australian Government was brave enough to suggest nuclear power as a back-up plan in the Energy White Paper. While I’m very optimistic about renewables in combination with energy efficiency, I’m also keen on a back-up plan given the threat of global warming.

The kind of temperature changes expected as a result of global warming have occurred in the past due to natural causes. The problem is they involved very nasty things called mass extinctions.



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