WE NEED to address the nuclear issue Jul 7, 2006 20:29:32 GMT -5
Post by Flash on Jul 7, 2006 20:29:32 GMT -5
WE NEED to address the nuclear issue before the Howard Government pre-empts the argument with their "non-biased" enquiry. Too many people have fought the issue in the past to allow this simply to go through without protest.
I know there are many in the party who see the economic arguments as the only criteria for debate and the associated green-house global warming benefit. Do people really have such a limited memory as to forget the Chernobyl disaster where Greenpeace claim 93,000 casualties, and the Three Mile Island accident where the estimated cleanup cost of around US$975 million.
Also don't forget November 1955 when an experimental reactor partially melts down near Idaho Falls in the USA; October 1957 when a fire burns 11 tons of uranium and kills 32 people at Windscale in England; March 1958 where an explosion at nuclear plant in Fyshtym in the Soviet Union devastates a large area and kills hundreds; January 1961 when a reactor at Idaho Falls explodes, killing three men; October 1966 when there was a partial meltdown of Enrico Fermi experimental breeder near Detroit; December 1975 when a fire at Lubmin in the former East Germany causes near meltdown; March 1992 when a reactor releases radioactive iodine near St. Petersburg; November 1995 when a reactor accident leaks tons of sodium in Japan; and also in Japan in September 1999 when workers trigger a nuclear reaction by mixing too much uranium into a storage tank.
These and other incidents are far too numerous to be discounted and the consequences of a large-scale accident too devastating to be ignored. This is what our Prime Minister wants for Australia and members of his government are talking the economic benefits accruing from nuclear power.
Is this something that we want here in Australia? Is this what the Labor party wants to offer the people of our country? Let's find out.