Don't dismiss nuclear, whatever the political difficulties

Hunt, Colin (2012) Don't dismiss nuclear, whatever the political difficulties. The Conversation, .

Author Hunt, Colin
Title Don't dismiss nuclear, whatever the political difficulties
Journal name The Conversation
Publication date 2012-03-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Total pages 3
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher The Conversation Media Trust
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subject 340000 Economics
290000 Engineering and Technology
210000 Science - General
Abstract Australia aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (compared with 2000 levels). This will be achieved by substituting renewable energy and gas for coal and adopting carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the generation of electricity. Nuclear energy is not being considered: I believe this omission is irresponsible and unrealistic. The reluctance to look at the nuclear option is not surprising one year after Fukushima, But technology has improved vastly since the Fukushima plant was installed and Australia is relatively free from geological perturbations. Investing in the new, safer nuclear plants could help avert disastrous climate change outcomes down the track.
Keyword Nuclear energy -- Economic aspects -- Australia
Nuclear politics
Climate change policy
Greenhouse gas emissions
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Economics Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Fri, 20 Apr 2012, 06:35:32 EST by Dr Colin Hunt on behalf of School of Economics