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Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Industries in lockstep in Australia – theme for April 16

coal and nuclear AustraliaDespite the global imperative and a strong public movement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Australia’s coal, gas and oil industries predict a prosperous future for decades to come.

The nuclear industry proudly touts itself as the solution to climate change. But nothing could be further from the truth.  The full nuclear fuel chain emits large amounts of Co2 and other greenhouse emissions. In the coming decades, indirect carbon dioxide emissions from nuclear power plants will increase considerably, because high-grade resources of uranium are exhausted and much more fossil energy will have to be used to mine uranium. In view of this trend, nuclear power plants will no longer have an emissions advantage over modern gas-fired power plants, let alone in comparison to the advantages offered by increased energy efficiency or greater use of renewable energies.

Even when they pretend that nuclear power would cut emissions, the industry itself is well aware that the thousands of reactors needed to have any real impact could not be up and running for many decades – way too late for combatting the global warming process.

That situation suits the fossil fuel industries perfectly. Coal can keep on being mined – “in the meantime”, and nuclear power can take over many decades later, when the coal runs out.

Fossil fuel and nuclear industries are large centralised operations. The much touted Small Modular Nuclear Reactors are supposed to be “decentralised”, but in fact are produced in, and totally dependent on, the same centralised grandiose way as the “conventional” big reactors.

The nuclear industry is very comfortable indeed, with the continuance of dirty fossil fuel industries, aiming for a smooth transition later on, when it can get its dirty industry up and running – meanwhile posing as the world’s saviour from climate chnage.

March 21, 2016 - Posted by | Christina themes

2 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on GarryRogers Nature Conservation and commented:
    Heads in sand.

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    Comment by GarryRogers | April 7, 2016 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on nuclear-news.

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    Comment by Christina MacPherson | April 8, 2016 | Reply


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