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Uranium’s time has come

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Nuclear power must replace coal fired powerIf we are to save the planet, we must stop the use of coal fired electricity – and the export of coal to the world’s largeest polluting countries.

Whilst our government allows the sale of coal and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) to countries such as China and India, Australia is being hypocrytical in expecting those countries importing our energy resources to reduce their carbon emissions or to set meaningful reduction targets for carbon emissions.

They are unlikely to stop these exports because Australia’s economy is dependent upon the export earnings and taxes recovered.

Auatralia is an “Energy Superpower” with its reserves of minerals including coal, uranium and CNG and should be calling the shots. At this time, we refuse to export uranium for nuclear power generation while we cause far more carbon emission by selling coal to these large countries than we could ever emit here in Australia.

There needs to be an about face with the closing down of coal exports and locking them away as a last resort energy source whilst we replace the export revenue by selling uranium for power generation. In this way, we could make a world class reduction in emissions without the need for an ETS or Carbon Taxing.

We know Tony Abbott is a proponent of nuclear energy.  It will be interesting to see how he will promote it to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions.


Written by Greg Naylor

2 December 2009 at 9:54 pm

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  1. Comment: In just 24 hours, Tony Abbott has challenged enough traditional policy to give us a real choice between our major political parties.

    Will he be successful enough in selling the ETS as “One Big Tax” to be able to get Auatralian to agreee to exporting uranium and/or using it for power generation?

    He will be pitting ‘the hip pocket nerve’ against the ‘heart’.

    Greg Naylor

    2 December 2009 at 10:10 pm

    • Australia does export uranium.
      We just don’t export it to countries which haven’t signed certain treaties, because we have a responsibility to TRY and ensure that the uranium we export is being used for the reasons we’re told.

      I would also point out that Sophie came out very strongly against nuclear power in 2007, saying it was ‘toxic’ and would threaten the future of the Goulburn Murray.


      15 December 2009 at 9:49 am

  2. The Abbott’s answer to an ETS and Climate Change is Nuclear?
    That’s not living Greg.


    2 December 2009 at 10:34 pm

  3. You’ve over-simplified the nuclear power debate to the point of absurdity here, Greg. I think you’re getting a bit carried away with the Mad Monk becoming the Lib leader. Calm down is my advice. When the dust settles I think you’ll find Abbott and his fellow hard-liners are facing political oblivion. We ain’t ready for nukes and it is just not on the table as a solution.

    Ray Dixon

    3 December 2009 at 12:46 pm

    • How else can we expect a carbon reduction scheme without an ETS or a carbon tax. Just watch it being put on the table!

      Greg Naylor

      3 December 2009 at 1:06 pm

      • So if they build a nuclear reactor & power plant in Euroa, which is very strategically positioned to service the whole north east of the State, that would be no problem with you, Greg?

        Ray Dixon

        4 December 2009 at 8:49 pm

        • You haven’t done your homework Ray. Nuclear power stations must be alongside an unlimited supply of cooling water. Therefore, in Australia with it’s water supply shortages for our big cities, They would be located along the coast.

          There are plenty of locations along the coast where they would not interfere with the population – like our aluminium smelters and associated coal fired power stations – they’re not in anyone’s backyard

          Greg Naylor

          4 December 2009 at 9:40 pm

        • You’re just avoiding the question Greg. And I certaily do know that they can built in any area close to a major water supply. Euroa is close enough (heard of pipes?).

          The point is they will most certainly be built close to where people live – the Kiewa Valley for instance has been suggested as ideal in the past – and you cannot have them in remote areas as you seem to be implying.

          You can argue all you like over the benefits of nuclear power but it will never happen because everyone will simply say “not in my back yard” and any Govt that proposes we go that way will be promptly defeated.

          So we need to get real and stop coming up with these easy but unrealistic answers to climate change.

          Ray Dixon

          6 December 2009 at 8:44 am

        • And what would that question be, Ray?

          You cannot stifle debate by trying to put down other peoples suggestions. The nuclear debate will go ahead and time may see a different attitude to yours on this issue.

          The post above notes the hypocrisy of our government trying to reduce carbon emissions whilst they continue to export ever growing amounts of our coal and CNG.

          The fact remains, nuclear energy is the only bulk non-polluting energy source capable of maintain the grid. Other ‘renewables’ can only supplement the basic grid.

          It is also true that the way to reduce emissions in a major way is to cut down/out coal and oil fired energy sources. Let the debate begin.

          Greg Naylor

          6 December 2009 at 2:20 pm

        • The question is, and remains, would you want one near your property, your town, your community? I think you’ll find the vast majority of people will say “no”, regardless of the perceived benefits.

          Ray Dixon

          6 December 2009 at 10:27 pm

  4. Just watch it get rejected.

    Ray Dixon

    3 December 2009 at 2:23 pm

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