Both Parties Force A Deadly Nuclear Future

Submitted by Anja Light on Sun, 29/04/2007 - 11:37

Well, it's confirmed. Both parties aim to force us into a deadly nuclear future. Labour will exploit more uranium (did anyone else notice how happy Premier Peter Beattie was with the 'Yes' vote, despite his recent assurances that we in QLD will not be forced to accept more uranium mines?), export cancer and consign future generations to deal with toxic nuclear waste.

HOWARD’S COALITION WILL MAKE US PAY A HUGE PRICE FOR COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS NUCLEAR POWER. BE UNDER NO ILLUSION - THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS NOT DRIVEN BY ALTRUISTIC MOTIVES TO RESPOND TO GLOBAL WARMING - THEIR BOTTOM LINE IS ALL ABOUT PROFITS, NOT PEOPLE. THERE IS ALMOST NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE RESULTING NUCLEAR WASTE WE ARE LEFT WITH FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO COME. THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY IS INDELIBLY LINKED WITH THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS INDUSTRY (DO SOME GOOGLING ON SOME BIG WEAPONS MANUFACTURERS LIKE Halliburton) as well as creating Armageddon-like terrorist targets.

Mr. Howard seems to be in as deep denial about renewable energy as he has been about climate change. Solar, wind and thermal energy have proven to effectively provide base load power. The problem for 'business as usual' may be that these industries operate from an infinite and clean resource - this may mean less control and less money to be made by the corporations pulling the strings.

How sad that both these nuclear expansion announcements were made during the anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history - the Chernobyl meltdown which began on April 26th, 1986. While the powers that be would like us to believe this kind of accident can never be repeated, there are continual accidents and leaks in the nuclear industry all over the world - including a near melt down in Sweden just last year.

The only good news in the federal election campaign ahead is that we do have a viable political option that offers a clean, Green and nuclear free future.

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solar thermal now not nuclear

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 01/05/2007 - 17:06.

Wind, wave and solar renewable energy options to reducing CO2 emissions actually are more efficient and cheaper than fossil fuel or nuclear power simply because they don’t produce any carbon at all! That the Australian government’s insistence that coal and nuclear are the only ones that will be provide base power grunt is totally flawed. And that to wait for another fifteen or more years to research, develop, build and have resultant proof that geosequestration actually works or to build nuclear reactors that will increase nuclear proliferation and terrorism targets, a legacy for our children, will drive us to our peril with irreversible climate change. Vast amounts of energy from the sun alone in one day falling on Australia is enough to provide half the whole world’s annual energy. And the other renewable sources like wind, wave, tidal, and geothermal are equally large. Using the sun alone, an area 50kmx50km in the desert areas of Australia would supply all of Australia’s power including base power for industry and the free energy will be delivered forever. And this is not counting geothermal power or the new five times cheaper slither solar cells with a pay back of four years are just as affective in cloud as they are in sun and should be on every roof.There are also solar cells being made of new plastic materials which are many times cheaper. Many ways are now possible to store the sun’s energy enabling 24/7 base power production! Even distributed wind generators using vanadium redox batteries along Australia’s grid system from north Queensland to east of Adelaide will provide base power. All systems are based on mature proven technology and are in operation in many parts of the world. And there are many ways to provide renewable base power production in very cold cloud covered and windless climates as well as in hot sunny climates like the solar heat pump electrical generation system, the bi-directional solar tower, to low boiling point fluids for any low level heat source. Politicians and business people fossilized in a past century do not realize the potential, the power and wealth that can be had from clean free renewable energy. Renewable energy our greatest and cleanest resource is where jobs for Australians will be and we must move immediately in this direction because we can.
Further information about solar thermal can be found at
http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/index.htm
http://www.solarpaces.org/
http://www.trec.net.au/
http://www.trec-uk.org.uk/index.htm
ABC TV 4 -corners 'Wind Earth Fire

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