Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Oblivious of world trends, Australia’s nuclear marketeers hype on

Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam says the Minister is underestimating the impact of this year’s nuclear disaster in Japan….”The nuclear industry’s been going backwards. They’ve closed more reactors than they’ve opened since 2002.”

Uranium exports predicted to quadruple ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Jun 10, 2011  An independent analyst has supported a statement by the Federal Government that Australian uranium exports could quadruple in the next 20 years.The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson, made the statement during this week’s AusIMM uranium conference in Perth….

Get ready for nuclear, Sydney Morning Herald, Mark Hawthorne, June 11, 2011
  WITH energy needs, carbon pricing and the tragic events at Fukushima firmly on the agenda, Andy Lloyd walked into Media House this week to deliver a Lowy Institute lecture on Australian attitudes to nuclear power.

Lloyd is chief development officer for uranium with Rio Tinto and, despite the tragedy at Fukushima, had a clear message – unless we are willing to pay more, nuclear power will have to play a major role in Australia’s future energy mix …….”I am not advocating a start on nuclear power today, but we need the foundations for a nuclear future.”

Erica SmythNuclear power should also be considered for Australia, she says.”We have good, stable geology, we have the right sort of environment, particularly on the east coast,”

 – Female trailblazer Erica Smyth still fired up * Matt Chambers   The Australian *June 13, 2011

“……Smyth, 59, is now a professional director, with one of her roles being chairwoman at uranium explorer and developer Toro Energy……

She was appointed to the industry advisory panel — headed by former BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus and federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson — charged with sorting out the finer details of the Gillard government’s mining tax compromise that had been rushed through ahead of the federal election……
The mineral resources rent tax was designed by Julia Gillard and the bosses of mining giants BHP, Rio Tinto and Xstrata after the ousting of former prime minister Kevin Rudd……
Meanwhile, Toro’s shares have slid from about $1.40 to 80c since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March, wiping about $60 million from the company’s market value…….

Nuclear power should also be considered for Australia, she says.

“We have good, stable geology, we have the right sort of environment, particularly on the east coast,” Smyth says.

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June 13, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, marketing for nuclear

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