ADOPT CO2 FREE NUCLEAR ENERGY OR REDUCE POPULATION
Our quality of life and our population growth could not have been achieved without Fossil Fuels but scientists now say we must find an alternative power source because increasing carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal and natural gas is causing dangerous global warming. In the space of 140 yrs, world temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius of which 31% was due to natural variability.
Intermittent power from Wind and Solar and could not exist without fossil fuels and government subsidies. If the scientists are right then its time to rethink Australia’s ban on nuclear power.
Nuclear energy was banned less than two decades ago in Australia, a decision that has cost the nation significant global investment and scientific collaboration on new nuclear technologies.
Nuclear power was prohibited in Australia in 1998, horse traded for the passage of legislation centralising radiation regulation. Public debate at the time, flamed by the anti-nuclear movement, centered on the replacement of the Lucas Heights reactor. The political fix
was to draw a line through the industry. After all, the need for nuclear was low – energy was affordable, abundant and with a country full of coal, and no reason to believe that would change.
The good news is the nuclear ban can be reversed with a single amendment to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth).
Napandee (left) has been selected to permanently hold high-level nuclear waste and temporarily hold intermediate-level waste. However some concerned community members have likened the funding increase to “dangling a carrot” in front of the communities.
The removal of four words – ‘a nuclear power plant’ – in Section 140A(1) (b) would allow nuclear industries to be considered for development in Australia. Any nuclear projects would still have to meet Australia’s stringent environmental and safety requirements. Nuclear energy is a readily deployable, zero emissions, base load energy and it shouldn’t be excluded from Australia’s energy mix. It has met energy challenges around the world, powers more than 30 economies and been deployed at substantial scale within a decade in countries such as the UAE.
A Nuclear port in Australia is to store High level Nuclear wastes and receive waste ships every 24 to 30 days for decades. The Nuclear Royal Commission Final Report recommends a deep sea Nuclear port in Australia to receive an average 3,000 tonnes of high level Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) waste per year throughout the first three decades of proposed operations. “In summary, the report recommends: Management, storage and disposal of waste,
Recommendation: Pursue a purpose-built waste storage and disposal facility for used nuclear fuel which s now been approved.
Nuclear power is also behind the new generation of innovative nuclear start-ups, such as Bill Gates’ TerraPower and Transatomic out of MIT.
Australia, with its educated workforce, established uranium, nuclear research and university sectors and strong nonproliferation credentials, would be a partner of choice for private venture capital-funded new nuclear.
Global investment and scientific collaboration on nuclear technologies and fuel development are just four small words away from becoming a job-creating reality in Australia.
450 Nuclear power stations are currently operating in 30 countries around the world. Nuclear-powered France has electricity prices 17 per cent below the EU average.