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Of all the G20 nations, there are only a few without nuclear power. There is only one nation among the G20 which has no nuclear power reactors, and has no active interest in implementing them.

Written by Luke Weston

November 18, 2008 at 2:50 am

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  1. I think the litmus test States will be in southeastern Australia. Both South Australia and Victoria have dwindling local gas supplies and their poor quality coal (>1kg CO2 per kwh) will be hit hard by emissions caps. Tasmania is now dependent on coal power via the Basslink cable to Victoria.

    The likely response to the 2010 ETS and local gas depletion? Create some kind of loophole that allows more brown coal to be burned, not less.

    John Newlands

    November 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm

  2. Yes, just like Germany did. Even better, Germany’s new plants only have to abide by carbon dioxide caps if they want to.


    November 19, 2008 at 9:23 am

  3. Talking of Germany, here’s a poster I did explaining Gerhard Schroeder’s motivation…

    George Carty

    November 19, 2008 at 6:08 pm

  4. Perhaps if Australia’s political elite won’t budge on the issue of domestic nuclear power we could enact the German solution: Encourage Papua New Guinea to go nuclear, and string a cable across the Torres Strait into Queensland. We’d need a new HVDC grid for the nation of course, but we could pretend this was to ship power from the solar farms out in the desert…


    November 19, 2008 at 8:31 pm

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