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Energy Minister Angus Taylor orders inquiry into nuclear energy – a distraction from Australia’s climate policy failure?

We’re wasting too much energy on nuclear talk, Richie Merzian, 10 Aug 19   Late last Friday – a timeslot where ministers are known to announce policies they are most proud of – the Minister for Energy, Angus Taylor, ordered a parliamentary inquiry into nuclear energy.

As the Prime Minister flies to the Pacific Island Forum on Tuesday, he will now be armed with another sorry excuse as to why Australia is not expediting the transition to renewables and storage: ‘Sorry, we are still looking into nuclear’. But in the end, whatever is sparking this debate is less important than the economic and safety risks of nuclear. You don’t need to be an economist to see that nuclear power is an expensive and dated solution.

Richie Merzian is climate and energy program director at the Australia Institute.

August 10, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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