Nuclear Power Out Of The Question

I’d like to make it clear that I’m not a Greenie. I vote for the Greens only because they seem more socially conscious and on par with my side of the population in comparison to the other candidates who are pretty much both on the right of the spectrum. Lets be honest, they’re on the right.

Disclaimer aside, its time for another environmentally minded post.

Rudd has dismissed nuclear energy as an option in the response to climate change. The collective guffaw of thousands of dirty poncho wearing hippies celebrating can be heard from their various hemp farms all over the outback: “We just might be ok, after all, sun gon’ shine, on this day.”

From the workers lobbies: “If the government was serious about a green future and ensuring the future of coal workers, then a shift to nuclear energy was needed.” (Paul Howes, the national secretary of the Australian Workers Union)

The fact is Paul, we’re nearing the point where if we don’t start doing things that DON’T hurt the environment, we will die, and soon. ‘Nuclear’ is a dirty word for a reason. There is nothing in comparison to the damage it has potential to wreak on people and the earth.

The plants only last for 25 years, they are ridiculously expensive and very hard to maintain. If the utmost care is not taken anything within a wide surrounding area is heavily poisoned. Plants, animals and people will all die or become gravely sick.

And the thing is, we still haven’t found a successful way to take care of the nuclear waste! It sits in barrels all around the earth poisoning and mutating spiders into superheroes. And then theres the danger of exploding reactors. Chernobyl is all I have to say. You get it. Sure abandoned cities are cool, I like me a ghost town every now and then, but I can’t even get close enough to take a look at it.

There are many cheaper, safer and more efficient ways to generate energy using renewable sources. I’m pretty rapt that Rudd for once, seems to agree with me on this one. I might even let him be my friend.

And just because I’m so cheery about all of this, lets reminisce on one of our favourite Rudd moments courtesy of Rove and Encyclopedia Dramatica for this snippet:

“…On the Aussie TV show “Rove Live,” Kevin Rudd was asked: “Who would you turn gay for?” In other words, “who do you think is the sexiest man alive?” Rudd stammered and could not answer this simple question, as the possibilities swirled in his mind. “My wife Therese,” he finally blurted out. Everyone laughed because his wife is a man.”

Tee hee.

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8 Responses to “Nuclear Power Out Of The Question”

  1. clubwah Says:

    You’re tagged http://clubwah.wordpress.com/2008/06/27/i-be-tagged-again/

  2. This Devil's Workday Says:

    I so wish he had said John Howard. He gets those workers of his to work around the bloody clock (apparently) just to make sure he has an answer for any possible question from the media or in parliament, and that was the only question guaranteed and he stuffed it.

  3. LuLi Says:

    Wah – Cheers, I like these meme things.

    Mr Workday – That would have been awesome if he said Johnny. They do go to church together after all. How out of touch with aussie tv do you have to be to not foresee that question! lol..

  4. gullybogan Says:

    I reckon that if the government decides to go with nuclear energy, they need to site the plant way out in the countryside, far away from major places of interest or habitation.

    Canberra, for example.

  5. LuLi Says:

    Thats a good idea gully. Nothing of importance ever happens in Canberra.

  6. rayedish Says:

    Tee hee to gullybogan’s Canberra joke.
    Going nuclear to solve our energy problems, seems to me to be akin to trying to put out a fire by pouring petrol on it just because its a liquid. So bravo to Rudd for vetoing the idea and I agree with your analysis Luli, its expensive and dangerous and if we invested a similar amount into renewable and local energy solutions not only would we not have an energy crisis but it would be beneficial to the environment as well.

  7. raydixon Says:

    I agree with you on nuclear power LuLi. Where does the “Nuclear Power Commission” (established by Howard & headed up by his mate Ziggy of all people – is it still going?) propose to put these 25 nuclear power plants?

    If they went ahead they couldn’t be in very remote areas. They need water and they need to be reasonably close to the existing grid infrastructures to serve the capitals and regional centres they are meant to supply.

    Initially there was even talk of putting one in this region (the north east of Victoria) near Mt Beauty, where there is an existing hydro electricity station in the Kiewa supplying the national grid. The nuclear plant could service Albury-Wodonga it was said.

    Imagine what that would do for tourism, our only major industry up here? Who’d want to visit? “Let’s take our holiday near that nuclear power plant” – what a great idea.

  8. LuLi Says:

    Rayedish – Exactly, we need to stop being such parasites and start giving back to the environment.

    Ray – A nuclear power plant on Mt Beauty? What an abomination. The government of our country should be able to at least see the merit in preserving the beautiful and natural side to Australia not just use and abuse it.

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