There’s a mood saying we need a lot of different energy resources, and I think that’s true to some extent, but the rules have changed, and the rules are that we have to have things that are big enough to do the job and they have to be extremely, extremely clean; no carbon pollution whatsoever. Nuclear has problems. If we adopt the same technology we’ve got now, it runs out of fuel before we’ve even started practically in about 50 years. We can operate at the same rate, and in 50 years all the fuel, even the warhead fuel, if you were convert it back into fuel, has gone. So that’s not really an option, that’s not serious. That’s just trying to support a local industry that wants to be supported at the moment, but it’s not really looking at the problem.
Political parties on nuclear:
- Australian Democrats
With clean and safe solutions to climate change, why go down the dirty, dangerous path?
- Australian Greens
Want a nuclear-free Australia.
- Australian Labor Party
Clean Coal (337 Kb PDF) and Green Cars (53 Kb PDF).
- Liberal Party of Australia
Nuclear power is part of Australia’s future.