Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke suggested that Australia can become the world?s nuclear dumping ground. According to Mr Hawke this would be an economic boon to Australia and be the responsible thing to do.
The suggestion that Australia is a great place to store nuclear waste is an old one, but I believe a good one. The fact is that Australia has the most stable geology of any other location on earth. Our earthquakes are so small they are beyond the notice of most people, unless you live in Newcastle. We do not have volcanoes, active fault lines or any other geological nasties.
The fact is that China is pumping out an enormous amount of carbon dioxide from coal-fired power stations. The amount of green house gases pumped out by India and China is increasing at an alarming rate. According to most scientists global warming is a fact and something needs to be done about it.
We have the technology to prevent the polar ice caps from melting, but we let politics get in the way of using it. The reason why the greens and other political parties in Australia are so scared of anything nuclear was mainly because of cold war threat of nuclear annihilation and nuclear proliferation. The diaster at Chernobyl didn?t help, and the continued nuclear testing by countries like France and India was also unhelpful.
The fact is there has not been a serious nuclear disaster for twenty years. The non-proliferation treaties never worked as every major nation and a few small ones boast nuclear capability. The fact is that nuclear weapons have only been used twice in anger and never again. I believe mutually assured destruction is actually what helped prevent world war three.
The nations that would make the most difference if they switched to nuclear energy are also the nations that already have nuclear weapons. So non-proliferation is a non-issue. The Greens, the anti-nuclear lobby and other environmentalists need a dose of reality and should give up their opposition to nuclear power.
The threat of global warming is far greater than the problems posed by nuclear waste.