‘Nuclear the answer to climate question’

September 20, 2018

Nuclear energy is vital for the production of clean, reliable and efficient energy but projections are for a dramatic shortfall in capacity by 2050, according to a major new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Conservative Party policy advocates the inclusion of nuclear power in any mix of possible energy solutions but the federal government insists on retaining a prohibition about even discussing the option. The same prohibition is what Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi's bill, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill, removes.

The Australian reports without nuclear, cumulative greenhouse gas emissions between 2018 and 2050 could be up to 12 gigatonnes higher, more than 20 times Australia’s entire emissions last year.

Replacing nuclear energy capacity entirely with other low carbon generation would cost an extra $US1 trillion ($1.38tn)and “increase electricity prices and lead to loss of employment”, the IAEA report said.

Nuclear energy could make an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while delivering energy in the increasingly large quantities needed for global economic development.

“Nuclear power plants produce virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during their operation and only very low emissions over their full life cycle,” the report said.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told radio station 2GB, the opportunity exists for Australia to become a world energy superpower if it allows nuclear power generation here.

Broadcaster Alan Jones on Sky News, last week endorsed Conservative Party policy of considering nuclear power, along with coal-fired power stations as part of Australia's energy mix.

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