Uranium Mining in NSW? Why Not
The Federal ALP Conference has voted to allow uranium to be exported to India. South Australia under a Labor Government is excavating the world’s largest uranium mine. Industrialisation of the developing world through coal-fired power could likely leave us with five degrees warming by 2100.
I support nuclear power because I take global warming so very seriously.
Nuclear power is the least cost, low emission technology that can provide base load power. It is well-established and should certainly play a role in Australia’s future mix of energy sources.
Yes, it is on average 20 to 50 per cent more expensive to produce than coal-fired power – but only without a carbon price. There’s a view that with a price of only $20 per ton attached to carbon, nuclear becomes economically viable.
Leave that debate for the time being. There can certainly be no objection to NSW mining uranium.
Exploration – as proposed by Barry O’Farrell – will confirm whether there are big deposits around Broken Hill and Orange, two locations where the existence of uranium has been suggested. That means a contribution to regional economic development – both are centres of mining excellence – and the State being able to carve out for itself a bigger share of the mining boom.
Banning any exploration in mining made sense in the climate of concern about nuclear safety that marked the 1980s. But it is coal that is threatening our global home right now.