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Nuclear energy not economic for Australia, says Gillard

“The Labor Party has got a very clear policy here and it’s a really long standing policy of opposition to nuclear power,” she told 3AW……Ms Gillard said that in Australia “nuclear power doesn’t stack up as an economically efficient source of power”….We are very focused on our record investment in solar and renewable technologies. We’ve got abundant energy from those sources.”

Julia Gillard plays down nuclear power push   Joe Kelly and Lauren Wilson    The Australian * December 01, 2010 JULIA Gillard has played down a push by senior Labor MPs for an inquiry into nuclear power, saying it’s not an economically efficient source of energy.

The divisive issue is set to be discussed at the next ALP national conference at the end of 2011…

The Greens deputy leader Christine Milne said an internal Labor-party debate about nuclear power would simply delay action on climate chance.

“It is not the technology of the moment, renewables is the technology of the moment and it would be a backwards step for the government to now reconsider nuclear,” Senator Milne said.

“Nuclear is too slow, too expensive and too dangerous.”

Senator Milne pointed to the increasingly tense situation on the Korean peninsula and said it would be a mistake for the government to support a technology which risks proliferation.

The Prime Minister said today that she welcomed the debate on nuclear power, but warned that those arguing for its consideration in Australia’s future energy mix faced a “tough argument”.

“The Labor Party has got a very clear policy here and it’s a really long standing policy of opposition to nuclear power,” she told 3AW……Ms Gillard said that in Australia “nuclear power doesn’t stack up as an economically efficient source of power”….

“We’ve got abundant sources of renewable energy. We are very focused on our record investment in solar and renewable technologies. We’ve got abundant energy from those sources.”

Ms Gillard was responding to a push by a number of Labor MPs, including Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and Senators Mark Bishop and Steve Hutchins, for Australia to embrace nuclear power……………

Greens Leader Bob Brown said today the use of nuclear power would be expensive, dangerous, unnecessary and challenged its proponents to say where reactors would be built.

Senator Brown said “the spectre of nuclear power” was being raised by the “Murdoch-promoted right in Australia” but stressed the cheapest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was to end the “destruction of Australia’s forests and woodlands”.

“From Tasmania to the Tiwi Islands, industrial logging of native forests and woodlands causes a massive release of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. It is a huge drag on taxpayers’ pockets and the single biggest threat to the extinction of plant and animal species,” he said.

“Baseload solar and geothermal power are Australia’s best generator options.”

 

December 1, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | , ,

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