No harm done
The only four economies which de-carbonised did it with nuclear energy, plus extensive hydro (France, Sweden, Ontario, Switzerland). Zero countries have gotten anywhere with wind/solar. Germany emits 10 times the CO2/KWh of France and pays twice as much for electricity. South Australia has the highest renewable penetration and costs globally. We are not going to get anywhere while the anti-everything cult continues scare campaigns that do not stand up to even the most brief scrutiny.
Nuclear "waste" has never harmed anyone anywhere and it can be recycled into 100 times more ultra low CO2 electricity, with no additional mining. It simply sits in casks, which you can walk up to and stand beside quite safely, waiting till the glut of cheaper fresh uranium is no longer an issue.
The trolls are trying to scare rural South Australia that they will all be turned into zombies somehow, when we have been storing Lucas Heights nuclear waste in suburban Sydney for 50 years, quite harmlessly, with zero reported zombie instances.
Australia cannot afford to reject abundant affordable ultra low CO2 electricity for all. Rural Australia cannot afford to reject thousands of high paying permanent steady local jobs that come with nuclear power infrastructure, used fuel storage and recycling for that matter. We also cannot afford to allow the 'anti' cult to destroy our medical system they spend so much effort demonising. It currently saves 200,000 Australian lives every year, by injecting nuclear isotopes into our people.
Brendan Sutton, Belconnen
Pack the cars
Thank you, Margaret-Anne Hayes, for your kind and sensitive letter (BDN, 6/3). The media has largely been focusing on Cobargo, but I know many of the us in the surrounding fire ravaged areas of Coolagolite, Dignams Creek, Quaama and Verona would welcome you and the lassies with open arms. The Bega District News could put you in touch with the Quaama Recovery Centre as a central point. Start packing the cars!
Lindy Marshall, Verona
Middle class largesse
Today we have seen 20,000 staff from Qantas laid offing the latest war on the coronavirus. The government has already warned that further stimulus measures are coming and that they could result in a deficit of $110b in the second year.
In light of this, as revenue falls due to stimulus measures such as the waiving of government charges and fees, how much longer can we afford the middle class largesse of dividend imputation for investors who pay no tax and negative gearing?
If these were "grandfathered" today, how much more revenue would the government have to ease the pain of recession?
John Gelling, Merimbula
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