Uranium industry still pushes nuclear as Fukushima revealed to be twice as bad as first claimed – WA Senator


Uranium industry still pushes nuclear as Fukushima revealed to be twice as bad as first claimed – WA Senator

Media Alert: Senator Scott Ludlam, Thursday June 9th, 2011

The nuclear industry and its chief supporter Martin Ferguson are in a state of denial as they continue to promote nuclear power in the shadow of the Fukushima disaster, the Australian Greens said today.

A day after the Japanese Government admitted the radiation leaked from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was twice that originally claimed, the Australian Uranium Association called for a nuclear power sector in Australia.

At a debate in Perth between the Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, and AUA CEO Michael Angwin, Senator Ludlam described the nuclear industry’s climate credentials as “commercial self-interest masquerading as energy policy”.

“As leading industrialised nations such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria lead the charge for a nuclear-free Europe, the uranium industry advocates in our own country continue to flog the radioactive dead horse,” he said. “There is no place for nuclear power in Australia. It is not cheap, it is not safe and it is not necessary.”

Senator Ludlam said the desperate attempts by Minister Ferguson to resuscitate the reputation of nuclear power since Fukushima, including his comments today, were “reckless and futile”.

“The energy minister wants to sell uranium to India – which has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Russia – which has a horrendous recent record on foreign policy and assisted Iran’s nuclear program, and the United Arab Emirates – a dictatorship. He is not someone who can be taken seriously on this issue,” said Senator Ludlam.

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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