Power with­out car­bon

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

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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