Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Australia neither needs nor wants nuclear power

That we don’t need nuclear power is obvious: the ”land of the cloudless skies” has cleaner, abundant energy available. The recent report Beyond Zero Emissions demonstrates baseload clean energy can be supplied by renewable sources within 10 years at an affordable cost – about $8 a household a week.

The question: should nuclear energy power our future?, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 Nov 10, “……...THE SCIENTIST: Ann Henderson-Sellers Cold, northern hemisphere countries may resort to nuclear power to try to achieve energy security and moderate climate change but Australia neither needs it nor wants it.

In the 1990s, I toured Australia seeking input to the federal government’s Research Reactor Review.Only one town was prepared to welcome a nuclear research reactor and, to my knowledge, no one has volunteered a home for our nuclear waste.

That we don’t need nuclear power is obvious: the ”land of the cloudless skies” has cleaner, abundant energy available. The recent report Beyond Zero Emissions demonstrates baseload clean energy can be supplied by renewable sources within 10 years at an affordable cost – about $8 a household a week.

Global warming is real and demands immediate government action. …………
Zero Carbon Australia 2020, an initiative of Beyond Zero Emissions, explodes the myth that we need nuclear power to replace fossil fuels. Smoothing power output across the grid using geographically dispersed production and ensuring back-up power from molten salt storage at solar thermal power plants easily delivers baseload electricity.

The Beyond Zero Emissions report shows nuclear power, due to its technical and safety requirements, would be the slowest alternative, taking at least 15 years: a decade longer than true low-emission energy. It is unnecessary, even vexatious, to add a nuclear dimension to Australia’s global warming policy block.

Professor Ann Henderson-Sellers is an ARC professorial fellow at Macquarie University and the immediate past director of the UN World Climate Research Program in Switzerland.

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November 29, 2010 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, energy, General News | , , , , , , ,

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