Inquiry confirms there is no future in nuclear

Australian Greens

The Victorian Greens have said Parliament’s recently tabled report into nuclear power has confirmed what they’ve known all along: that there is no future in nuclear.

The Greens say they expect this to be the last time Victorian Parliament has to consider nuclear, and say nuclear power must remain buried in the last century where it belongs.

Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam, said she had serious concerns about Parliament wasting valuable time and resources on an inquiry into nuclear power, and that those concerns were confirmed today despite the nuclear industry trying to convince the committee otherwise.

She added that nuclear power was expensive and water hungry, and had failed at every attempt to become a viable industry in Australia.

All around the world, nuclear power plant proposals are falling over before they even begin.

It’s clear that nuclear power is the past, and renewable energy is the future. Solar and wind power with storage can meet all our energy needs without the need to dig up and manipulate dangerous nuclear material.

As stated by Leader of the Victorian Greens, Samantha Ratnam MLC:

“There isn’t a business case for nuclear power because the argument has already been lost – years ago.

“The debate about nuclear power is a distraction perpetuated by those who cling to a world view that is last century.

“There is good reason we have a prohibition on nuclear energy. Because everyone already knows it’s a bad idea. Expensive, risky and unnecessary.

“I hope this is the last time we have to entertain an inquiry into nuclear power. It’s a relic that belongs in the past.”

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