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Nuclear advocates will have an uphill battle to convince Australians

Graeme Lechte, The Age 7 June 22. Nick O’Malley (Comment, 6/6 ) provides food for thought about the use of nuclear power to solve the energy crisis. There is nothing wrong with informed debate, but nuclear power is starting on a severe handicap when compared to free and infinite renewables. Uranium mining will itself produce massive carbon emissions and is a finite resource. There will be opposition from traditional owners of land rich in uranium. From planning to commissioning of a nuclear plant will take from 10 to 15 years. Communities near a nuclear plant will rightly be concerned about the potential for a nuclear incident similar to Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.
Then there is the elephant in the room. How do we safely store the radioactive waste? Advocates for nuclear power will have to address these issues if they are to persuade the public that nuclear energy is the answer to our energy problems.


June 7, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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