• Hannah Phillips

Why are We Afraid of Nuclear Energy?

Cory Bernardi’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill could be debated in the next sitting weeks of Parliament if it gets the numbers to put it on the business sheet.

Senators have been inundated with letters from the nuclear energy industry asking for consideration of the bill because of the contribution that nuclear energy would make to greenhouse gas emissions; the stabilisation and affordability of energy supplies; the fact that Australia has a world class regulator capable of ensuring the safety of the industry; and the fact that there is a bipartisan support for technology neutrality in energy policy.

The passage of the bill won’t mean that nuclear plants will be built in Australia but it will allow nuclear energy to be considered as part of the solution to energy problems instead of being ruled out because of misplaced emotional responses on the part of the public and politicians.