Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Angus Taylor’s comments that he had an “open mind” on the use of nuclear energy, following Barnaby Joyce’s push for nuclear, shows the energy debate in this country is getting hijacked by right-wing ideologues with a fixation on dangerous technologies like nuclear and coal.
Mr Bandt warned that lifting the nuclear moratorium opens Australia up to a Chernobyl-style meltdown in Australia.
“No-one who wants to keep Australians safe from global warming and nuclear meltdowns would have an ‘open mind’ on nuclear energy,” said Mr Bandt.
“The Minister took a tiny step forward by admitting pollution is rising in Australia, but he’ll take 50 steps back unless he closes his mind to nuclear power.
“The gap between fantasy and reality with this government is growing. On Sunday, the share of renewables in the NEM hit more than 43% yet on Tuesday, the Energy Minister is playing footsies with nuclear power.”