Coal truth Down Un­der

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE LAST para­graph of James Cunningham’s let­ter, “Nuke waste a longterm prob­lem”, is a per­fect sum­mary of his ig­no­rance of the real is­sue.

Aus­tralia and New Zealand use pri­mar­ily fos­sil fuel for their power sup­ply. May I sug­gest Mr Cunningham takes a trip away from his pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment to the black­ened waste­lands up north in the coal triangle, to get some per­spec­tive on “putting our de­scen­dants at risk”. He need not con­cer n him­self with time­lines from when the first city was built be­cause if we fol­low Aus­tralia and New Zealand’s lead, as he sug­gests, we will ac­cel­er­ate global warm­ing and Earth’s ul­ti­mate demise long be­fore nu­clear waste will. If that is not putting our de­scen­dants at risk, I fail to see what is.

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