Uranium to India: Leadership From Gillard
Its welcome news that the Federal cabinet will persuade the National ALP Conference in December to lift the policy ban on selling uranium to India. This is leadership from Prime Minister Gillard, leadership the party and the country is hungry for. The fact that it will show Labor at odds with the Green Party is a bonus. It reflects the policy work of Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson and firms up his image as one of the best policy minds in the government.
Cheer when you hear of new nuclear power plants in China or India. Both are set on massive expansion of coal-fired power stations. The new coal-fired power stations will probably be enough on their own to tip the world toward two degree warming. That takes care of the polar icecaps.
If you take global warming seriously, and in particular the danger of the world moving beyond 450 parts per million, then seeing China and India use more nuclear power is unequivocally good news.
Australia was not going to be able to build a fully fledged relationship with the world’s largest democracy while we held back this decision.
She might have prevaricated pleading the exigencies of a hung parliament, but instead the PM has stepped forward.