The nuclear lobby plays its final card

The horrific triple disaster to have recently befallen the people of Japan has shown that no matter much you reduce the risk of a nuclear accident, it still isn’t worth the risk. While the nuclear lobby in Australia was recently picking up some momentum, this disaster has now made nuclear power an almost impossible  task due to strong public opposition.
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The nuclear lobby, including mining corporations, major business figures like Dick Smith and Labor and Liberal party politicians like Martin Ferguson and Ian MacFarlane are now down to one argument in favour of nuclear power – there is no alternative (TINA).
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What they argue, is that if you want to replace climate change causing fossil fuels (which admittedly are far more deadly than nuclear power), then nuclear is the only option, because you can’t do it with renewable energy.  This has been repeated over and over again by those named above and many others in the mainstream media since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began.
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They must be getting desperate to be using an argument that can be so easily refuted. The fact is, especially in sunny countries like Australia, solar thermal power with molten salt storage can replace baseload power from fossil fuels. In fact, its flexibility makes it better than baseload. The potential of solar thermal power is clearly outlined in the Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan, which provides a blueprint for a 100% renewable energy economy by 2020.
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Baseload solar thermal power is already operating in Spain, and it is being built in the USA. Pictured below is the Gemasolar plant, which operates the same amount of time per year as a black coal-fired power station in NSW. This technology will soon be far cheaper than nuclear and it can be built much faster. For further information on solar thermal power click here.
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Why go nuclear when you don’t have to?