Monday, October 15, 2007
blog action day
Blog Action Day
There are so many environmental issues that deeply concern me but one that angers me right now is Mr Howard's promotion of uranium exports and "climate-friendly" nuclear power. He has decided to take immediate steps to make possible an expanded nuclear industry in Australia, which could ultimately include nuclear power stations, uranium enrichment and nuclear waste treatment. And we are not talking about nuclear power stations in remote Australia, we are talking inner suburbia.
One such power station would be set for Newport in Melbourne, a neighbouring suburb to Yarraville where only last week residents were warned to stay indoors after a toxic explosion. With so many reasons as to why Australia (or any country) shouldn't go down the nuclear path the most alarming reasons are nuclear disposal, nuclear transportation and uranium mining having a dentrimental effect on our land and aboriginal communities.
Instead of turning to nuclear power, Australia should ratify the Kyoto Protocol, invest in renewable energy, adopt a national energy efficiency target and improve public transport.