This paper was released by Australian Science Media Centre yesterday and has caused an immediate stir. As Wiley and Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies are yet to provide a download, I will host it here for now. It is creative commons licence so please share!
The paper is leading the South Australian print media today and I am doing several morning news bulletins to discuss this.
This tells us a couple of things.
People want inspiration and exciting ideas! I think many South Australians feel short-changed that we have been told, so very early in this process, that such innovative ideas are off the table. There is no reason they should be, none, particularly in a state that is now starved of reliable clean energy. There are many ways to provide a service to the global community. This latest round of double-blind peer review reaffirms that the pathway we have proposed is valid for consideration and should remain part of discussions.
I don’t regard this paper as a win-lose competition of ideas with the repository-focused project proposed by the Royal Commission. Both concepts share a great deal: acknowledgement of a large global need for service and beginning that service with secure above-ground storage. We have proceeded to explore a pathway the Royal Commission left unexplored, a decision I regard as highly premature.
Both pathways involves challenges and uncertainties and both pathways (and some more besides) should be on the table at this early stage as we simply try to define the right service to provide to the global community, and work with global partners to enact such services.
I happen to think some of the enthusiastic pick up of this article from media (there was no release, just the normal science media notifications) comes down to a palpable frustration among South Australians: stop telling us we can’t. Stop telling us we musn’t. Stop telling us to think small. Stop telling us it’s too hard. Stop trying to frighten us and start trying to inspire us.
Enjoy the paper.