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I hope we can now trust Tim Flannery on energy issues for Australia

Well – I don’t know if we can, but I hope so.  Flannery was chosen as Climate Change Commissioner because he’s been very outspoken on that issue.  Good, but also perhaps, chosen because he was toeing the political Establishment line. (Labor being pretty watery about nuclear power, Liberal being all for it.)

Tim Flannery’s credentials as an environmentalist would be improved if he completely repudiated his 2006 statements on  nuclear power:

“Over the next two decades, Australians could use nuclear power to replace all our coal-fired power plants. We would then have a power infrastructure like that of France, and in doing so we would have done something great for the world, for whatever risks go with a domestic nuclear power industry are local, while greenhouse gas pollution is global in its impact…..” (The Age 30/5/06)

However, there is hope that Flannery has learned something, in addition to these, his later comments:

“Why should we take the most expensive option in this country, which has always been recognized as having the most expensive and difficult option.

We are going to see a whole lot of other technologies and innovations which are now well under way which we could use instead of nuclear power……. Such as concentrated PV technology, geothermal technology, wave power, wind power.” 20 June 2010


August 14, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews

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