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PM says Australians understand need for atomic power

PM says Australians understand need for atomic power

Prime Minister John Howard said Sunday his pledge to pave the way for nuclear power in Australia is not politically risky because the public understands that atomic energy is necessary to combat global warming.
Howard announced Saturday that his center-right government plans to repeal laws that limit uranium mining and block construction of nuclear power plants.
He is unlikely to be able to build nuclear plants, however, because all states are governed by the center-left Labor Party, which is opposed to nuclear energy.
A government study of the potential for a nuclear industry in Australia found that nuclear power is unlikely without bipartisan support because the private sector would be unwilling to invest.
Labor agreed at its weekend annual national convention to lift its 25-year-old ban on the opening of new uranium mines in Australia.
But the party reiterated its opposition to nuclear energy.
With elections due late this year, Howard said voters would appreciate the honesty of his policy to reduce Australia's dependence on coal-fired generating plants by introducing atomic energy.
"It's not political suicide to tell the truth," Howard told Nine Network television, adding that Australia's only major energy options were coal or uranium.
"It makes sense to clear the way," he said, referring to his plans to change federal laws.
Labor leader Kevin Rudd told the party conference in Sydney on Sunday that a Labor government would spend 300 million Australian dollars (US$249 million;


Updated : 2021-05-06 13:46 GMT+08:00