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Naive Environmentalist Quote of the Day

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“If all Australians switched to clean, renewable energy (Green Power) today, Australia’s total greenhouse pollution would be cut by 30%. That’s the equivalent of what’s pumped out by more than 40 million cars!” – World Wildlife Fund.

Is calling up the “Green Power” people going to cause a great expanse of solar cells, wind turbines, nuclear power and geothermal power plants to just spring up immediately, today?  I think not.

Written by Luke Weston

September 16, 2007 at 10:56 am

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  1. Given the immediately preceding sentence on the WWF page, that “80% of [Australia’s] electricity is generated by burning coal”, the result of everybody switching to Green Power would be a series of rolling blackouts, and a huge increase in the price of electricity.

    And FYI, WWF, internationally at least, is strongly anti-nuclear at present. A shame, because they do good work in other fields.

    Joffan

    September 17, 2007 at 11:14 pm

  2. One can only think that the WWF stance is rather strange, especially when you look at the habitats around nuclear power plants compared to the habitats around coal fired power plants. It’s pretty easy for animals to co-exist with a nuclear plant.

    Larry Grimm

    September 19, 2007 at 4:33 pm


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