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News Corpse relates Cory Bernardi’s misleading statements on thorium nuclear power

With breathtaking hypocrisy, Cory Bernardi puts the case for thorium nuclear power. He implies that nuclear power needs no government funding. He implies that thorium power is not nuclear. Thorium power requires plutonium or enriched uranium, to quickly transform thorium 232 into uranium 233 – then nuclear fission occurs just as with conventional nuclear reactors. But worse, as plutonium or enriched uranium, or both, are also used.

CONSERVATIVE senator Cory Bernardi has weighed into the power debate, calling on leaders to ‘open their minds’ to an alternative solution. Staff writer, AAP News Corp Australia Network OCTOBER 22, 2017 CONSERVATIVE senator Cory Bernardi has weighed into the power crisis debate, calling the Turnbull government’s approach a “baby step in the right direction”.

In an interview with Sky News, Senator Bernardi said building a nuclear power station or a coal-fired station would be competitive when the government was spending $3 billion on renewables “that aren’t working for us at night or when the wind isn’t blowing”.

“The only way you’re going to solve this energy crisis is to get government completely out of it and to say, ‘If you’re going to build a power station, we’re going to give you contractual certainty that the conditions upon which you build it today will remain for the life of that power station’,” he said.

“They have to open their minds to nuclear power or a thorium power station because that can solve the emissions crisis if you believe that’s important but it can also provide competitive base-load power for our country.”

…..Conservative senator Cory Bernardi said what the Turnbull government was proposing was a “baby step in the right direction”.

“Saving $100 in ten years time is neither here nor there,” he told Sky News.

“We need absolutely to provide certainty for our business community in this country.”

He said building a nuclear power station or a coal-fired station would be competitive when the government was spending $3 billion on renewables “that aren’t working for us at night or when the wind isn’t blowing”. http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/josh-frydenberg-power-prices-will-come-down-in-new-energy-policy/news-story/0c68c4d1cadb8f1371eeb0c1cadd2e9a

 

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October 23, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

2 Comments »

  1. How does a nuclear power plant generate electricity? A nuclear reaction is triggered to heat water – water turns into steam and the steam turns a turbine that generates electricity. Nuclear power generation is nothing more that a really very expensive kettle – may have been cheap in the 50’s? After 70 years the nuclear power industry still has no solution for high level nuclear waste that is generated by nuclear power plants – and how can you honestly call nuclear waste clean and green??

    Australia should be investing heavily in developing inexpensive battery storage technology for solar panels – to store the free energy we get from the sun – and not spending a cent on a 70 year old dinosaur that generates high level nuclear waste.

    Comment by Kim Mavromatis | October 23, 2017 | Reply


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