Lazy Luddite Log

5.12.05

Commentary: Things I am involved in

That should be "things in which I am involved". Anyway...

I refer to the SESFC in another post and have even made an entry dedicated to it (for the sidebar link to go to) as the group lacks its own website (I am the SESFC President by the way).

The ADs I refer to in another post also. What more is there to say? It's been an amazing ride to date with both positive and negative experiences. These days I am more interested in the notion of acting as a fully-fledged citizen who can participate directly in civic life rather than via the device of a political party. However I am still involved in the party - currently I am a branch representative on State Council and also an ordinary member of the Candidate Assessment Committee.

So what of the NFA? Nuclear Free Australia started as an alliance drawing on representatives of different like-minded groups, which is how I got drawn into it (as an ADs rep). Now however NFA is more of a unitary group of activists (I personally feel more like a 'lobbyist' than an 'activist' but that is a topic for another day...) but still has the same objectives. The nuclear industry is one of the few issues for which I am radical rather than moderate. Here is a few things to consider on the issue:

- Nuclear Energy has recently been touted as a 'clean and renewable' alternative to fossil fuels. It is worth remembering however that uranium is a finite resource (much more so than petrol and coal) and that the nuclear industry produces plenty of pollution itself.

- The energy produced by nuclear reactors has to be considered alongside the total resource cost (including energy and water) of mining uranium, processing uranium, transporting uranium, constructing reactors, maintaining reactors, decommissioning reactors, transporting nuclear waste and storing nuclear waste. The industry is anything but efficient and only survives with the financial support of governments.

- The same uranium utilised in nuclear power generation can also be utilised in the production of nuclear weapons. We cannot guarantee that all the Australian uranium exported for energy production is strictly directed into that industry...

Well that is all for the 'Commentary' posts on other parts of this weblog. What now? I can always do nothing for ages. The web is full of out-of-date stuff so what's one more old dusty weblog.

Update

I have now added MonUCS to the sidebar and refer to it in this post.

Another Update

To mark the third birthday of this blog I changed the template. In the process my customised links were deleted. In replacing them I have made some changes. One is the merge 'Sites I Visit A Lot' with 'Things I Am Involved In' and the other is to have changed some and deleted others. My life both off and on-line has become simpler in those three years and that is reflected in the current links...

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2 Comments:

  • Interesing post. Although I agree with the issues raised, what of Kyoto and Australia's position of being the world's worst C02 pollutor per capita? What are the options for quick reduction in the use of coal for electricity generation? Solar, wind and tide sources are underdeveloped and unreliable. Natural gas is a possiblity but should nuclear power be ruled out? No, I don't have an answer...

    By Anonymous Ashe, At 29 December, 2005  

  • Thanks for the post Ashe. I think we make the mistake of thinking there is just one answer to these problems. A host of solutions need to be utilised in concert.

    The use of petrol and coal will be with us for some time yet and to reduce dependence on them a host of alternatives need to be embraced from natural gas to ethanol to things like wind and tidal and solar. There is also hydro - I know that it too has environmental objections but everything we do will have its pros and cons and we have to do a 'cost-benefit analysis' everytime.

    The other aspect of the issue is finding ways of reducing energy consumption rather than just desparately looking for new sources of energy to satisfy that consumption.

    It is worth us admiting that we lack the definative answers to these problems and we should be wary of anyone who says they do have all the answers.

    By Blogger Daniel, At 30 December, 2005  

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