Nuclear and Australia
Cross-party support, Labor and the Coalition, is necessary to get any policy shift in Australia on nuclear power. As a believer in the reality of climate change I am pessimistic about any other technologies being available, especially to China and India, to get us away from coal for base-load power.
If the world were serious we would have expedited international action to get fourth-generation reactors financed and built before two degree global warming cuts in. And some like James Hanson, the NASA scientist who alerted the US to the reality of global warming, believe we are close to that fatal two degrees and that nuclear is a big part of the answer.
It’s that or coal, certainly for India and China. Even with the massive subsidies available in Germany renewables are not close to doing it, that is, delivering power for base-load, 24 hours a day, seven days a week .