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Nuclear and Australia

December 24, 2010

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 .

  1. Leith Mudge permalink
    December 24, 2010 8:51 am

    There is a fundamental flaw in your argument – Nuclear is the only alternative to coal for base load power supply. There are plenty of studies around that indicate that one or more mixes of renewable energy e.g. Wind, Solar backed up by gas turbine etc. can deliver the same sort of reliability and raw output power (in aggregate) as Nuclear or Coal and in some cases better.

  2. stuart permalink
    December 24, 2010 11:09 am

    I agree with you Mr Carr, Australia definatly needs to look at nuclear power as a viable option of base load power faced with the issues of global warning.

    I know that mixtures of reneable energy do provide excellent sources of power and that many countries, Denmark for example have upto 30 percent of their power sourced from renewable energies. However, even in countries that have such huge renewable energy infrastructure, they are still heavily reliant upon caol based and/or nuclear based energy provision.

    We are many years away from developing a grid soley powered by reneable energy, one that would be afordable to maintain and offer comparable energy rates and prices to the public. Nuclear is the ansewr for Australia especially given our natural resources in this sector.

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