“Um, “look at all options that are on the table” ? Then it’s time to look under the table, or in the cupboard, or the carpark, or wherever we have left the technology that does the exact same job as coal but with zero greenhouse gas emissions.”
Research from Deloitte undertaken for Resources Minister Martin Ferguson suggests that a carbon price will need to reach $40 per ton in order to drive a shift away from coal to gas, because gas is in so much demand in all sorts of markets. By the way, they are not talking about shifting to gas with carbon capture technology. They are talking about gas with climate collapse technology that still dumps large quantities of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. That’s right, $40 per ton for the privilege of using a less polluting fossil fuel that will still guarantee climate collapse. Christine Milne of the Greens assures us she will “look at all options that are on the table” including loan guarantees and plans to pay for the closure of the highest polluting brown coal fired stations in Victoria, presumably to be replaced with climate collapse technology gas.
Um, “look at all options that are on the table” ? Then it’s time to look under the table, or in the cupboard, or the carpark, or wherever we have left the technology that does the exact same job as coal but with zero greenhouse gas emissions. What is this technology? Well, it starts with n, provides 15% of the world’s electricity, and its global expansion is continuing with nary a hiccup following a recent very high profile accident.
Here’s another clue. The peer reviewed paper from Nicholson, Berger and Brook that appeared in the journal Energy earlier this year, identified the n-word technology as the fit-for-service, low carbon, baseload technology that could most quickly replace coal in response to a carbon price, with the least sensitivity to changes in that price, because it has the lowest emissions of all the technologies considered.
Still wondering? Here’s the final clue. If an Australian politician so much as says the n-word, there is a high chance that other Australian politicians will immediately demand the planned locations of the first 25 power stations to use the technology, so as to whip up fear and kill the conversation before it starts.
It’s nuclear power. It’s also time for Australia to get honest about energy and climate change.