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Nuclear Issues in Australia and Beyond; One Perspective

By canberra_skeptics - 27 April 2012 88

A Canberra Skeptics Lecture
Date: Monday, 14 May 2012
Time: 6.00-7.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT 2601
Speaker: Professor Dr George Dracoulis, FAA

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Nuclear issues in Australia have had a conflicted history.  We are a country with significant uranium resources but no nuclear power. This talk will cover selected aspects of uranium production, nuclear fission, the scale of present and future nuclear power world-wide, life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from competing technologies, and the demand and comparative cost of electricity generation in Australia.  In the year following the dramatic events at Fukushima and at the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, there are numerous topics that underlie the debate.  These include politics, risk, public perception and public acceptance.

George Dracoulis has been a member of Department of Nuclear Physics at the Australian National University since 1973, and was Head from 1992 to July 2009.  He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2010. During 2006 he was a member of the Prime Minister’s task force that reviewed the prospects for uranium mining, processing and nuclear energy in Australia and he has been involved in public engagement on nuclear policy issues, here and abroad.

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue tbc). To RSVP for dinner please email: mail@canberraskeptics.org.au

For further information about Canberra Skeptics please visit our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org.au

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Nuclear Issues in Australia and Beyond; One Perspective
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CraigT 7:34 am
05 Jan 14
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Here’s an update for all skeptics’ assessment of the risks associated with nuclear: Fukushima is going China Syndrome:
http://www.infowars.com/massive-hydrovolcanic-explosion-inevitable-at-fukushima/
http://www.eutimes.net/2014/01/underground-nuclear-explosion-at-crippled-japan-atomic-plant-shocks-world/
http://rt.com/news/fukushima-steam-nuclear-reactor-064/
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/WHOI-Cesium.jpg

…and who is paying for this? The nuke industry? Of course not, this cost of nuclear power has been externalised at taxpayers’ expense, affecting people well beyond Japan now.

I am particularly interested in how they deal with the dodgy situation in the rooted cooling pool on top of reactor 4. Because if that catches fire, half of Japan has to be evacuated.

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Diggety 1:51 pm
05 Jan 14
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It is actually banned under federal law.

One of the newest energy technologies known to man is illegal in a supposedly ‘modern’ nation.

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IrishPete 3:11 pm
05 Jan 14
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CraigT said :

Here’s an update for all skeptics’ assessment of the risks associated with nuclear: Fukushima is going China Syndrome:
http://www.infowars.com/massive-hydrovolcanic-explosion-inevitable-at-fukushima/
http://www.eutimes.net/2014/01/underground-nuclear-explosion-at-crippled-japan-atomic-plant-shocks-world/
http://rt.com/news/fukushima-steam-nuclear-reactor-064/
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/WHOI-Cesium.jpg

…and who is paying for this? The nuke industry? Of course not, this cost of nuclear power has been externalised at taxpayers’ expense, affecting people well beyond Japan now.

I am particularly interested in how they deal with the dodgy situation in the rooted cooling pool on top of reactor 4. Because if that catches fire, half of Japan has to be evacuated.

Hear hear.

And this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-21298117 – that’s well over 100 billion Australian dollars for one nuclear power station.

IP

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c_c™ 4:55 pm
05 Jan 14
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CraigT said :

Here’s an update for all skeptics’ assessment of the risks associated with nuclear: Fukushima is going China Syndrome:
http://www.infowars.com/massive-hydrovolcanic-explosion-inevitable-at-fukushima/
http://www.eutimes.net/2014/01/underground-nuclear-explosion-at-crippled-japan-atomic-plant-shocks-world/
http://rt.com/news/fukushima-steam-nuclear-reactor-064/
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/WHOI-Cesium.jpg

…and who is paying for this? The nuke industry? Of course not, this cost of nuclear power has been externalised at taxpayers’ expense, affecting people well beyond Japan now.

I am particularly interested in how they deal with the dodgy situation in the rooted cooling pool on top of reactor 4. Because if that catches fire, half of Japan has to be evacuated.

Very authoritative and intelligent sources there… not.

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ScienceRules 7:27 pm
05 Jan 14
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Am I the only one who finds it strange that we’re commenting on an event that was held almost two years ago?

Also CraigT, way to set the bar for conspiracy laden crazy early on in the piece mate. Kudos.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:54 pm
05 Jan 14
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Only the smallest brain half wits fear nuclear energy.

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poetix 10:32 pm
05 Jan 14
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Twenty months later, and I’m still annoyed that they spell sceptics with a ‘k’.

Let’s look at the big picture, people.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 8:13 am
06 Jan 14
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ScienceRules said :

Am I the only one who finds it strange that we’re commenting on an event that was held almost two years ago?

Also CraigT, way to set the bar for conspiracy laden crazy early on in the piece mate. Kudos.

Haha I just realised it was a link to Alex jones. Explains a lot about Craigts other posts then.

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IrishPete 8:46 am
06 Jan 14
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I didn’t notice the date of the event, just the new post. Oops.

As for small brains and nuclear energy? Well, that’s an intelligent, rational argument. Perhaps I could counter that only men with small penises don’t fear nuclear energy.

In fact, you’d have to be stupid not to fear it – even its supporters don’t handle uranium without some protective gear.

IP

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Thumper 8:48 am
06 Jan 14
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poetix said :

Twenty months later, and I’m still annoyed that they spell sceptics with a ‘k’.

Let’s look at the big picture, people.

Sckeptics?

Just to be safe…

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IrishPete 10:06 am
06 Jan 14
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Thumper said :

poetix said :

Twenty months later, and I’m still annoyed that they spell sceptics with a ‘k’.

Let’s look at the big picture, people.

Sckeptics?

Just to be safe…

Sckepticks.

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IrishPete 10:08 am
06 Jan 14
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MrLinus 10:26 am
06 Jan 14
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IrishPete said :

I didn’t notice the date of the event, just the new post. Oops.

As for small brains and nuclear energy? Well, that’s an intelligent, rational argument. Perhaps I could counter that only men with small penises don’t fear nuclear energy.

In fact, you’d have to be stupid not to fear it – even its supporters don’t handle uranium without some protective gear.

IP

Riiiiiight so people handle uranium with protective gear so it must be dangerous. .. Do people go around handling electricity without a care in the world? ??

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Diggety 11:26 am
06 Jan 14
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IrishPete said :

I didn’t notice the date of the event, just the new post. Oops.

As for small brains and nuclear energy? Well, that’s an intelligent, rational argument. Perhaps I could counter that only men with small penises don’t fear nuclear energy.

In fact, you’d have to be stupid not to fear it – even its supporters don’t handle uranium without some protective gear.

IP

They wear PPE because they understand it, not fear it.

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IrishPete 12:24 pm
06 Jan 14
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MrLinus said :

IrishPete said :

I didn’t notice the date of the event, just the new post. Oops.

As for small brains and nuclear energy? Well, that’s an intelligent, rational argument. Perhaps I could counter that only men with small penises don’t fear nuclear energy.

In fact, you’d have to be stupid not to fear it – even its supporters don’t handle uranium without some protective gear.

IP

Riiiiiight so people handle uranium with protective gear so it must be dangerous. .. Do people go around handling electricity without a care in the world? ??

sorry, are you saying electricity isn’t dangerous? that electricians don’t fear?

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