Australia: open the door to atomic innovation

Energy and in particular electricity has become a topical issue in Australia. This is because of high retail electricity prices but also because of issues with reliability. It is in that context that Senator Cory Bernardi has put before the Australian Senate a bill to end the prohibition on nuclear power in Australia.

But, is nuclear power really the answer? Isn’t nuclear power dangerous and expensive? A tired old technology promoted by tired old conservative politicians with some strange sort of tired old axe to grind? Certainly these propositions are promoted by opponents.

However, I contend that the nuclear energy sector is entering a period of not just rapid but radical technological change. This innovation is still mostly on paper and won’t be visible for several more years but it is certainly coming. As a nation we need to be both open to it, and ready to embrace the exciting … Read the rest

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