Feds are scaring us nu­clear

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

FED­ERAL Gov­ern­ment claims that clean en­ergy will raise elec­tric­ity prices by up to 40 per cent are alarmist and an at­tempt to scare peo­ple into sup­port­ing nu­clear en­ergy, Queens­land Pre­mier Peter Beat­tie says.

Mr Beat­tie said yes­ter­day Fed­eral In­dus­try Min­is­ter Ian Macfar­lane’s warn­ing that clean, green en­ergy would in­crease prices be­tween 20 to 40 per cent in the next decade would only even­tu­ate ow­ing to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to de­velop clean coal tech­nol­ogy.

Mr Macfar­lane’s com­ments came af­ter a fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­quiry ear­lier this year sup­ported nu­clear en­ergy in Aus­tralia as a clean and eco­nom­i­cal en­ergy source.

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