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Coalition divided on nuclear power
The Australian ^ | August 24, 2009 | Pia Akerman and Matthew Franklin

Posted on 08/23/2009 7:12:30 PM PDT by myknowledge

SERIOUS splits have emerged within the Coalition on nuclear power, with outspoken Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce yesterday calling for a referendum on the issue, while Liberal senate leader Nick Minchin declared any discussion "utterly futile".

Senator Joyce demanded Australia abandon its Cold War mindset and end its ban on nuclear power, telling the Nationals federal council meeting it made no sense to continue to take the "peculiar" position of selling uranium overseas, while pretending domestic nuclear energy generation was immoral.

"We either say it's immoral and we won't use it at all or, quite obviously, we should be trying to use it ourselves," Senator Joyce told the meeting in Canberra.

"Do we live in 1954?

"We are stuck back in the Cold War while the rest of the world runs ahead of us."

His comments follow similar recent calls for a rethink on Kevin Rudd's ban on nuclear power from mining giant Rio Tinto and Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes.

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; coalition; energy; nuclearpower

Nuclear power is the best green power generation solution for Australia.

Go nuclear!


1 posted on 08/23/2009 7:12:31 PM PDT by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

Amazing that you found that photo on a site that is:

“The global challenge of climate change is the driver behind our work.”


2 posted on 08/23/2009 7:18:08 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: myknowledge
Nice pic, but unfortunately it's a pic of Cooling Towers -— components that are used in large coal or nuclear power plants!
3 posted on 08/23/2009 7:23:44 PM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: ColdWater; TRY ONE
Nuclear power plant schematic.
4 posted on 08/23/2009 7:48:06 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge

I want a minature fusion reactor powering my neighborhood. Off the grid, more efficient, more reliable. And I think everyone in my neighborhood would be all for it. Unfortunately, there are a bunch of clowns over a thousand miles away in Washington working hard to prevent it from becoming a reality.


5 posted on 08/23/2009 7:55:53 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications.)
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To: myknowledge

Yes, that is a very general schematic of a PWR — Pressurized Water Reactor System!

And note the “Cooling Towers” in your schematic. That is the photo that you presented earlier.


6 posted on 08/23/2009 8:02:46 PM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: Pan_Yan

And decentralizing the power grid should be beneficial, as it is less vulnerable to total shutdowns.


7 posted on 08/23/2009 8:14:18 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge

Sorry Australian politicians are committed to coal to drive the Carbon Emissions Trading Scam.


8 posted on 08/23/2009 10:04:12 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (War is fought by human beings. - Carl von Clausewitz in On War)
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