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Australia’s political leaders “timid” on energy debate

Greenpeace International executive director Gerd Leipold told The Australian that he was surprised at the timidity of debate in Australia about energy supply, which has seen Liberal and Labor leaders support a renewed focus on nuclear power

Enthusiasm For Nuclear Power Cooling | Hybrid Auto News –  September 27th, 2010 “………If nuclear energy supplied 75 per cent of the world’s electricity, it would result in only a 25 per cent reduction in harmful carbon emissions, the global head of Greenpeace has warned. In Sydney to address the Lowy Institute think tank tonight, Greenpeace International executive director Gerd Leipold told The Australian that he was surprised at the timidity of debate in Australia about energy supply, which has seen Liberal and Labor leaders support a renewed focus on nuclear power as a green-friendly alternative to coal.

Mr Leipold will tell the that nuclear energy is an expensive, dangerous and finite option that has slowed the development of such as wind and . “It’s good that people are taking seriously and understand that we need to take ,” Mr Leipold, 54, said. “But it’s simply not the answer that we need at this moment.”

Mr Leipold said nuclear power produced by 450 reactors currently supplied about 17 per cent of the world’s power. It would take up to 10,000 reactors worldwide to increase supply to 50 to 75 per cent by 2100, he said. But for all the accompanying problems of sourcing uranium, disposing of waste safely and finding new sites for reactors, it would result in only a 25 per cent reduction of carbon emissions…….

But while Mr Leipold remains optimistic that growing public awareness will help steer governments towards , he said that finding ways to use our available energy more efficiency would alleviate the need to develop in the short term.

Enthusiasm For Nuclear Power Cooling | Hybrid Auto News – Hybrid Cars

September 28, 2010 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, General News, uranium | , , , , , ,

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