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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Sweden, staunch opponent of nuclear power, finally relents

You can't have it both ways. If you believe that anthropogenic CO2 is causing dangerous climate change, it is crazy then to spurn nuclear power as an alternative to coal. However, that is what most Western governments are doing, including Australia's.

But now Sweden, one of the foremost opponents of nuclear power, has conceded that nuclear power must play a role if there is to be a "low-carbon" economy.
In a drive to increase energy security and combat global warming, ministers said they would present a bill next month that would allow the building of nuclear reactors on existing sites and introduce a new carbon tax as part of a program to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020.

The decision is significant because Sweden was at the forefront of anti-nuclear sentiment after the accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979. It voted in a referendum a year later to phase out its plants.

The Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said he did not feel bound by the referendum because it did not specify how nuclear power should be replaced. But the Government must still convince Parliament before it becomes law.

Australia should be doing the same.

Read it here.

2 Comments:

  • It's crazy that nuclear waste must be quarantined for 10,000 years, too. It's crazy that if we opt for nuclear power we'll be trading in peak oil for peak uranium. It's crazy that concerns of pollution aren't merely limited to carbon emissions.

    It's all pretty crazy.

    By OpenID tonyisnt, At February 7, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

  • True, but if climate change, allegedly caused by anthropogenic CO2 from burning coal, is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced (which alarmists constantly remind us it is), then the nuclear option for electricity generation is a no-brainer, isn't it?

    By Blogger Simon from Sydney, At February 7, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

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