Power without carbon
I respond to the letter, Coalition in dark on energy, by Leoni Stubbs ( Sound Telegraph, 18/5).
Many of her statements are incorrect. Australia can make no significant impact on world carbon emissions. Wind and solar are intermittent, expensive and need 24/7 backup. Nor can significant amounts of electrical energy be stored. And then there are the 1.2 billion motor vehicles in the world which use fossil fuels.
This leaves only two carbon-free options, nuclear and hydro. They produce no carbon emissions, generate power 24/7 and in the longer term are the cheapest power sources.
France generates 90 per cent of its energy with hydro and nuclear and has one of the lowest per capita carbon emissions.
Yet the Greens reject both these carbon-free power sources. Nor it appears will they debate their policies in public.
Our priorities should be jobs and exports, not carbon taxes. Robin Linke Safety Bay
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