Minister’s fact-free resuscitation bid can’t save nuclear industry
Media release: Australian Greens spokesperson on nuclear policy Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. June 13th, 2012
Labor’s nuclear cheerleader Martin Ferguson put on a rose-coloured blindfold before delivering his rote speech at the uranium conference in Adelaide today.
The Greens nuclear policy spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Minister’s enthusiasm for nuclear power flies in the face of the grim reality.
“On Monday we had the news Europe will decommission most of its nuclear power stations by 2030 – almost 150 nuclear power stations will be gone from Europe – and 48 hours later we have Federal Minister Martin Ferguson, like an obsessed lifeguard, trying to pump life back into the industry.
“In the wake of the Fukushima disaster several European countries decided to completely phase out their nuclear sectors. Germany and Belgium aim to end production by 2030 and Switzerland by 2034. Canada will close 17 nuclear stations by 2030, and the US will close at least five. Yet the Minister relies on figures provided by self-interested industry groups to claim growth is just around the corner.
“In India – a country that has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – there is a mass movement against nuclear power that is growing in size and momentum. In China we know next to nothing about the safety record of nuclear technology, but we do know the Government is undertaking the world’s biggest investment in expanding renewable energy.
“BHP is backing away from its plans to expand Olympic Dam. The Minister held up the proposed Wiluna uranium mine in WA as a sign of good times to come: that troubled project, run by an outfit that has never operated a mine, is being opposed on all fronts. Even the market has turned its back, with TOE stocks trading close to a four-year low.”
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