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Unions view nuclear energy as greatest threat to coal jobs.

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I’ll give them this: at least they are honest enough to put their cards on the table and state their opposition for what it is instead of hiding behind a bunch of half-truths, excuses and lies. They’ve come right out and said why the unions – and by extension, the Australian Labor Party, don’t want nuclear.

“That’s the harsh reality. A solar farm down the road is not going to close down a coal-fired power station. But 25 nuclear reactors will…”
It doesn’t take 25 nuclear reactors. One plant, maybe 1 or 2 reactors, will close down a coal-fired power station.

And that’s good. That’s the whole point.

25 nuclear power reactors would be sufficient to close down all of Australia’s coal-firing generation.

It doesn’t matter if the energy comes instead from solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, or a genuine made-in-Ireland type-II Perpetual Motion Machine. This issue is not, for the most part, about the pros and cons of nuclear. The same point applies to replacing coal with any effective alternative, just about.

The present use of coal can not continue.
The sooner the CFMEU and Labour realise this, the better.

Are we really putting coal workers current jobs ahead of concerns about coal killing people and screwing up the Climate?
Are the coal unions more worried about their current employment, or being dead as a result of coal’s environmental effects?

“The CFMEU has also criticised industry giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto for spending a “pathetic” amount of money on initiatives to reduce global warming, following reports of record profits.”

What in the name of hypocrisy?


Written by Luke Weston

August 2, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Posted in Australia, coal, politics

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  1. “The present use of coal can not continue.
    The sooner the CFMEU and Labour realize this, the better.”

    They have. That’s why they are making this statement. Unions exist to defend the interests of their membership, this sudden attack of honesty must be seen for what it is: an invitation to negotiate.

    They are saying in effect that workers displaced from coal production will have to taken into account if the nuclear renaissance is to continue. They have tossed the ball into our court here, it’s important that their concerns be addressed, not simply dismissed as shortsightedness.

    In fact it looks to me that they are tacitly admitting here that there are legitimate environmental concerns, and that nuclear is the best solution. It’s important that we start a dialog with this group and help them find a way to support the necessary changes and meet the concerns of their membership.


    August 2, 2007 at 3:44 pm

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