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Uranium sales fall as smart companies pull the plug on nuclear – Greens

Senator Scott Ludlam –  September 19th, 2011 A big drop in the value of Australia’s uranium exports is a further sign the nuclear industry is crumbling, the Australian Greens said today.

Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said figures from the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics showing a 19 per cent fall in the value of Australian uranium exports from 2009-10 to 2010-11 could not be ignored.

“This is not a short-term reaction to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. For fifteen yearsrenewable energy capacity additions per annum have been outpacing nuclear start-ups.

“World-leading engineering firm Siemens announced yesterday they will not return to the nuclear sector because of ‘clear position taken by society and politics in Germany’ against the industry. Switzerland – like Germany – is completely phasing out its sizeable nuclear sector, joining a number of other European nations taking a stand against nuclear power.

“In the USA no new nuclear power plant has been built for 30 years. In any country with an even remotely open energy market nuclear power is shrinking.

“Ambitious projections about the future of uranium mining are either delusional or disingenuous. In 2010-11 the value of exports fell 19 per cent and the volume by 8 per cent. Uranium mining makes no environmental sense and it has become clear that it makes no economic sense. We don’t need this toxic industry.”

Senator Ludlam urged the Government and Australian companies to back an industry with a future – renewable energy.

“In 2010 world-wide cumulative installed capacity from wind turbines, biomass, waste-to-energy and solar power surpassed installed nuclear capacity for the first time in history. There is no going back now.”


September 19, 2011 - Posted by | General News

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