Howard living in nuclear fairyland

Mr Howard's announcement that Australia must 'consider' nuclear power as a solution to the climate change issue shows that he either does not know or does not care about the arguments that have been raised against nuclear power for decades.\Howard

29 APRIL 2007

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH AUSTRALIA

PEOPLE FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

HOWARD LIVING IN NUCLEAR FAIRYLAND

Mr Howard's announcement that Australia must 'consider' nuclear power as a solution to the climate change issue shows that he either does not know or does not care about the arguments that have been raised against nuclear power for decades.

They display a degree of ignorance - or worse, ideological bias - that ill-fits a prime minister, who clearly does not understand the realities of nuclear power. He is living in a nuclear fairyland. According to Friends of the Earth, "It has been clear for decades, that nuclear power is neither safe, cheap, nor is it in any way a solution to the problem of climate change.

Rather nuclear power is the most expensive, complex, inefficient, and dangerous way to boil water ever devised. Even the International Atomic Energy agency itself recently released a report in which it admitted that nuclear power is too slow to deploy and too costly to be a useful solution to climate change.

Arguments that 'all options' must be used to combat climate change hold no water because nuclear power is so costly that it soaks up resources that could go toward the real solutions to climate change, namely energy efficiency and changes to our resource-wasteful lifestyle.

Australia must not go down the nuclear road. By doing so we are contributing not only to the likelihood of more nuclear accidents and damage to Australia's own environment, but to the likelihood of nuclear weapons proliferation, an issue that the government says it is very much concerned over. This is an ideologically driven push that has nothing to do with reality. Howard is living in nuclear fairyland."

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