Helen Coonan the newest head of Australia’s Minerals Council has supported the rising call for nuclear power to become a key part of Australia’s future energy supply infrastructure mix. Coonan, who is a former minister in the Howard federal government, stated that the option for nuclear power should be on the table while making a decision on the field in addition to renewable sources, as the country’s industry is rapidly moving away from fossil fuel.
According to the statement by Ms Coonan, Australians are ready to converse sensibly on power generation through nuclear sources, which at present has been barred across the country: “I think it’s time to give it a go quite frankly. There’s a long way to go, of course, because there are legislative barriers and there needs to be political will. Certainly we would ask the Government to have an inquiry, because that will enable all of the factors to be teased out, including storage and safety and the new technology that’s now available in uranium mining.”
Suggests Development of Small Scale Power Stations
The views put forth my Coonan came forth as concerns about the future of coal has come about, which is widely considered to pose a major existential risk for the world’s population. At present legislation set by state and federal government has blocked the development of a local nuclear power generation industry, despite the increasing calls of a parliamentary enquiry into the issue.
Helen Coonan did not avoid safety and environment concerns that are associated to nuclear power plants saying that Australia should consider nuclear power plants of a smaller scale instead of the massive variants that are used by the United States, China, and European countries.
In a related note, Ms. Coonan supported the opening of Adani owned Carmichael mine in Queensland, and raised the issue of tough regulations that had delayed similar projects around Australia: “There should be proper process. There is enormous duplication and delays that stop productivity. That’s something that’s a handbrake on the proper processes of mining exploration.”