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Nuclear energy is the answer

Posted on: 21 July 2011


Unabridged version  of  article  in The Chronicle, Canberra, Tuesday, 19 July 2011

When minority Labor Government leader Prime Minister Julia Gillard – with support from powerful mini government Greens leader Senator Bob Brown and so called Independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor – revealed details of the carbon (CO2) tax, I decided not comment immediately but wait for things to settle.

Another reason for not commenting immediately, is because I remain sceptical of the doomsday scenarios, prophesied by the IPCC and Canberra’s army of alarmists, that if we do not heed their warnings then future generations are doomed to die either from starvation caused by drought or drowned in the world’s rising seas.

With a week a long time in politics think of what could happen between now and the tax taking effect on July 1, 2012. Will nothing happen to cause a change of mind by the Prime Minister? Remember this is politics we’re talking about. However if she stays true to her word I’ve got a year to consult with Boadicea on how to enjoy spending the extra pension and other money the PM promised.

It will also give me time to be tolerant with Boadicea in case after her weekly visit to the supermarket, she comes home complaining of price increases, reeling them off in a style reminiscent of Wayne Swan delivering the Budget – indeed, Wayne could learn from her. And I will also need to be persuasive when telling her she needn’t worry as the Prime Minister said she would look after us.

Not that I disbelieve the PM, but while waiting for the tax to take effect and better being safe than sorry, I’ll use the year to compile a list of excuses in case the extra cost of her weekly shopping is nearer twenty dollars more than the twenty cents predicted. And much as Boadicea is pro environment, I doubt she will be happy with an excuse that the model used by the Prime Minister to support her predictions turned out to be faulty.

But the package is really not about money but about the clean, renewable energy that, allegedly, the carbon tax is designed to encourage. Indeed, much of the hype surrounding carbon tax has been about innovation and the development of wind energy, wave energy, geo-thermal energy and a raft of other forms of energy some of which you might not have heard about. Strange as it seems I have heard nothing about using clean, renewable nuclear energy that would reduce the need to use energy produced by fossil fuels.

Due to it being demonised by people who should know better, it is clear that some people are concerned about nuclear energy. Let me assuage their fears. First, the nuclear energy I’m talking about is fusion, not fission that unfortunately creates dangerous waste, even though scientists have developed safe systems for its storage.

And while a Fusion also creates waste it is considerably less in volume and less dangerous than fission waste. In fact not only is a fusion reactor a ‘mini sun’ an army of eminent scientists are as sure it is the answer to global warming as climate change scientists are about their various solutions.

Some of the former are at the Australian National University. They participate with a consortium of scientists from various member countries of ITER engaged in building an experimental “tokamak” fusion reactor, expected to be unveiled in 2019 and employed commercially in 2023.

At the same time many scientists are working on fusion’s holy grail, ‘Cold Fusion,’ a safe system that produces minimal waste Italian scientists from Bologna University, have said they will be showing show such a working cold fusion system in October this year.

That said, think for a moment of what cold fusion will mean: an endless supply of safe, waste free, clean renewable energy. That is what the world needs. What it doesn’t need is the variety of solutions proposed by environmentalists that in an effort to curb CO2 will create visual pollution on a grand scale but, unlike fusion, will not have universal use.

However, and perhaps more important to a great many people, Fusion energy will dispense with the need for an escalating carbon tax.

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