The costing, put out by the Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen, is a pre-emptive strike against the opposition, which is moving to include nuclear power in the energy policy it takes to the next election
For this podcast we caught up with Western Australian Premier Roger Cook, and canvassed issues like the cultural heritage law backdown, and the Voice.
Peter Dutton has been open since the election about nuclear energy being on the Coalition’s agenda - but that has allowed the government, especially Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen, to attack the idea
20 years ago, solar and wind were expensive enough to make nuclear seem like an option for Australia. With cheap renewables a reality, there’s simply no point to domestic nuclear.
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As long as nuclear power plants continue to operate, we are frighteningly vulnerable not only to severe accidents, but also to the weaponisation of these facilities.
View of Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant from right banks of Dnipro river.
International nuclear experts are due to visit Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in the next few days to assess threats from the nearby dam attack.
The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant seen across the Dnieper River, which was receding after a downstream dam was destroyed.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency says the plant has enough water to last for several months. What happens afterward or if the remaining water is lost to the war could lead to a disaster.
The breach of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine could have lasting ecological and health impacts.
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Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the attack on crucial civilian infrastructure. Experts explain what the incident means for future war plans, and for the safety of the affected region.
A new process to quickly remove radioactive chemicals from water and other liquids and trap them in a clay-like substance could make nuclear waste management much easier.
Britain’s largest power plant, Drax in North Yorkshire, mostly burns wood pellets.
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And it’s because France had to shut many of its nuclear plants.
Powered by hydrogen gas, fuel cell vehicles produce only water as a tailpipe emission.
Hydrogen cars were heralded as an avenue towards universal green motoring, but progress has stalled in recent years.
In the face of soaring prices, households are benefiting from government measures to reduce their energy bills.
France’s nuclear energy supply and public support schemes for households have in particular helped to limit the rise in prices.
The last operating reactor at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, reactor No. 6, has been safely shut down.
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The power plant’s sixth reactor has been shut down, all but eliminating the risk of a nuclear meltdown. But fighting at the site could still release radioactive material.
Damage at the Zaporizhzhya facility.
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Artillery shelling, stressed-out technicians and power supply disruptions increase the chances of catastrophe at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: David Littleproud on charting his course in opposition
In this Podcast Michelle and David Littleproud discuss a number of topics including the recent Morrison fiasco, the upcoming jobs and skills summit and his vision for the National Party.
South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power station.
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Delays in upgrading South Africa’s existing nuclear power station case doubt on the ability of the country to build new nuclear plants.
Russian forces attacked the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in March, and now have taken it over. It’s the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
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Ukraine’s biggest nuclear plant has many safety measures, but could not cope with direct bombing.
A cascade of gas centrifuges at a U.S. enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio, in 1984. Iran is using similar technology to enrich uranium.
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Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons centers on producing weapons-grade uranium. Here’s what reports about Iran enriching uranium indicate about its progress toward the bomb.
It’s early days for Littleproud’s leadership, but the policy issues the party faces – energy and live sheep exports, for example – are perennial.
Renewed interest in nuclear energy will go nowhere unless we talk about carbon pricing. As energy minister Chris Bowen points out, nuclear is extremely expensive.