Costs and Benefits: Final in the SACOME Series

This article concludes the series of six articles from Barry Brook and me that have had published in the SACOME journal over the last 12 months. In a subject like nuclear power which is not easily discussed in sound bytes (presuming it is a mature, responsible discussion you are seeking that is…) it is challenging…

In perspective: Latest in the SACOME nuclear series

Here is the recently published article by Barry Brook and me that appeared in the SACOME journal. In this article, we consider the greenhouse implications of the proposed expansion of Olympic Dam alongside the impact of the mined uranium in global greenhouse mitigation. It directly references comments from Green’s MLC Mark Parnell about the mine…

A matter of Waste: Latest in the SACOME #nuclear series

This is the fourth in the series of six articles on nuclear being publishing the journal of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy. Our topic this time was radioactive waste in the context of a potential future Australian nuclear power industry. This article is co-authored with Barry Brook. As before, please be mindful…

False revelations, manufactured outrage: the timing tells the story

This post is co-authored with Dr Oscar Archer of The Actinide Age Mark Parnell MLC  has engaged in what appears to be openly deceptive conduct, attempting a last-minute derailing of the nuclear Citizen’s Jury by claiming fresh “revelations” of conflict of interest- when Hansard records prove he received this information over three months ago. Yesterday,…

New video: What might the Royal Commission mean for nuclear in South Australia?

A few weeks ago I spoke at an event for SACOME along with Ian Hoare-Lacey (WNA) and Dr Tim Stone, visiting Professor from University College London. I gave my overview with regard to where in the nuclear fuel cycle, and why, there may be opportunities for South Australia. I look forward to expanding, with greater…

Thanks for having me SARIEC and Collinswood Probus

It has been a little while since I last posted however I assure you, I have been anything but idle. On May 6 I joined a panel to discuss uranium at the 2014 South Australian resources and energy investment conference along with Daniel Zavattiero (Minerals Council of Australia), Greg Cochoran (Deep Yellow Ltd), Steve Johnson…

Polls and perceptions: Support for nuclear in SA is far greater than popularly perceived

In this month’s SACOME journal, the published results of independent random polling of over 1,200 South Australians settles a hotly contested point: far more South Australians support uranium mining (55.0%) and the development of a nuclear power sector (48.0%) than oppose (25.5% and 32.6% respectively). The “strong support” for nuclear power (29%) outweighed the “strong…

Nuclear Power a Safe Option

This is a reproduction of the article that was just published in this month’s SACOME journal. It was jointly authored by myself and Barry Brook. It is the second is a series of six articles we are providing the journal. As ever with the media, we write to a word limit. Try not to get…

Renewable Reality Checks with No Nuclear Balance

It was insightful to say the least, and slightly distressing to say the most. I was fortunate to attend a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) forum recently on South Australia’s energy future. Sadly, the scheduled speaker on nuclear energy, Eric Smyth from Toro Resources, was prevented from attending by a certain ash cloud.…