‘We should all be worried’ with nuclear power back on agenda
WITH uranium mining and nuclear power back on the agenda this letter writer says we should all be worried.
Independent NSW MLC Justin Field last week called on Nationals based in the region to rule it out.
Mr Field called on North Coast National Party MPs Geoff Provest, Chris Gulaptis, Gurmesh Singh, Melinda Pavey and Leslie Williams, to publicly state their position on lifting the ban on uranium mining and allowing future nuclear power development in NSW, ahead of this Monday's NSW Cabinet meeting.
Cabinet on Monday voted against supporting the bill introduced by One Nation's Mark Latham, which would lift the ban and allow the use of nuclear power.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro - a long-time supporter of nuclear power - had earlier confirmed his party would support Mr Latham's plan, despite not taking the issue to the Nationals' party room.
After the meeting on Monday, Mr Barilaro has been tasked with commissioning more research around uranium mining and report back to cabinet before any policy decisions are made.
We should all be worried
It appears that uranium mining and nuclear power is back on the agenda in NSW. We should all be worried.
We should be worried because the NSW Government is poised to support One Nation in lifting a ban on uranium mining in NSW. We should be worried because National Party leader John Barilaro has declared his interest in nuclear power generation in NSW and the Coffs Harbour area has been identified as a potential site for a nuclear reactor.
We should be very worried because our State MP, Gurmesh Singh also declared his support for nuclear power at a Coffs Coast Climate Action Group forum prior to the 2019 State Elections.
Nuclear power is far from the clean, cheap, safe technology its spruikers claim. The infrastructure is expensive, the waste is incredibly dangerous and accidents inevitably happen. Just look at Fukushima and Chernobyl.
Nuclear power is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Technological gains in the renewables sector are huge and Australia has a huge natural advantage in solar power generation. By the time a nuclear power station was in place in Australia it would already be technologically and economically obsolete.
Of course, none of those arguments will stop the National Party from pursuing nuclear power. Their track record shows that they will continue to embrace old technology in power generation long past its use by date.
The only way to stop it is to let them know that we don't want it and we are prepared to vote against it. That's the one message they will listen to.
Those of us who are opposed to uranium mining and nuclear power need to let our local member know where we stand.
The Advocate is seeking a response from Coffs Harbour MP Gurmesh Singh