So, the (Adelaide) Advertiser published my letter!
John Patterson of the Australian Nuclear Association (SA Branch) writes that he believes that nuclear is “the one big hope for combatting climate change” ((The Advertiser, 23/7/18). This purported climate ‘solution’ has been a continuing argument by the nuclear industry since the 1970s. Numerous reports have shown that the costs in building and decommissioning plants, alongside storage of waste, are prohibitive, before the the lengthy building time is even considered.
Proponents of nuclear and also carbon capture and storage keep making their innumerate claims about decarbonisation, while meanwhile wind, solar and battery storage -speedily installed and providing green energy- are providing our only (slender) hope for reducing emissions.
My prediction: Over the next few days the letters page of the Tiser will be full of fall out – hyperventilating and hyperbolic attacks and defenses of the latest pebble-dash sooper-dooper generation x or xi amazeballs reactors. Just you watch…