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发布时间:2018-05-16 16:30 阅读

CONTRIBUTING to the open discussion on future energy sources for Australians, I would prompt readers to think and research with a sense of urgency on this issue. The years are flashing by, we can’t afford to wait till 2030 or 2050, and once global warming “trips the switch” as it were, life will get decidedly dicey. The coal lobby, being shareholders and management of BHP and Rio Tinto, have been pushing the geosequestration of carbon coming from coal. Mr Howard’s decision to discuss nuclear (do we believe his assertion of “open discussion” only?) might now override this assumption of energy direction, but I question whether one is any better than the other for us. Both have safety, terrorist and massive funding implications. Alternatively, our country is blessed with the option of the geothermal path, made feasible at a location in northern South Australia. This was the topic of an article recently featured in The Weekend Australian, and is also explained in Tim Flannery’s recent book The Weather Makers, which again I urge you to read. Safe, non-polluting and, importantly, with the ability to power the whole of Australia for 70+ years at least (compared with only 35 years or so for uranium), why would anyone in his right mind forsake this source of energy in favour of nuclear or coal? I vote Australians invest their money and talent in getting this geothermal energy base up and running, along with investment in solar and wind where appropriate. — CHRIS SOBEY, Albury This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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