Clean, green nu­clear

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

Tony Ab­bott’s sug­ges­tion of Aus­tralia turn­ing to nu­clear power for our fu­ture en­ergy needs is most wel­come (“Ab­bott tells PM to hit nu­clear switch”, 15/9). Ziggy Switkowski, for­mer chair of ANSTO, points out that small mod­u­lar re­ac­tors could be the an­swer to our en­ergy needs.

SMRs are rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive, safe, green and have zero emis­sions. The big­gest ad­van­tage of such re­ac­tors is that they are the best way to mit­i­gate car­bon diox­ide emis­sions from power gen­er­a­tion at a time when the po­lar ice­caps are melt­ing, cy­clones, droughts, heavy rains — all signs of pre­dicted ev­i­dence of cli­mate change — are wreak­ing havoc around the world.

I hope all par­ties sup­port the lift­ing of pro­hi­bi­tion against nu­clear en­ergy and the me­dia helps to dis­pel the fear of nu­clear power. Bill Mathew, Parkville, Vic

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