Listen to me on ABC Radio, talking about nuclear power, fast breeder reactors, renewables, and the inevitability of growing societal energy demand. This also features an interview with Dr Jim Green, and my response. It runs for about 16 minutes in total: http://tr.im/vXE2
Published in the Adelaide Advertiser, 4 August 2009 (pg 18).
This opinion editorial I wrote builds on the recent flurry of interest in the Australian media on introducing nuclear power.
Imagine someone handed you a lump of silvery metal the size of a golf ball. They said you might wish to put on some plastic gloves to hold it, although that would not be necessary if you washed your hands afterwords.
You look down at the metal resting on your palm. It feels heavy, because it’s very dense.
You are then told that this metal golf ball can provide all the energy you will ever use in your life. That includes running your lights, computer, air conditioner, TV, electric car, synthetic jet fuel.
Everything. Using 1 kilogram of uranium (or thorium, take your pick).
That is what modern nuclear power offers. An incredibly concentrated source of energy, producing a tiny amount of waste.