WA can do without Rio Tinto’s nuclear hallucinations


WA can do without Rio Tinto’s nuclear hallucinations

Media Release: Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, Tuesday August 30th, 2011

Rio Tinto’s embarrassing foray into Western Australian energy policy is a striking example of why mining companies should stay out of politics, say the Australian Greens.

“A uranium mining company advocates nuclear power – hold the front page,” Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said today. "This is commercial self-interest masquerading as energy policy.”

“Even the State Government recognises that the Western Australian electricity market is too small for nuclear generators, and Rio Tinto is silent on the real-world consequences of bringing nuclear energy to WA.

“Those calling for nuclear power ignore the reality of what is happening around the world: every year for the last 15 years the growth in renewable energy’s capacity has outstripped the growth in nuclear capacity, and last year investment in renewable energy over-took investment in nuclear and fossil-fuelled energy combined.

“Because Rio Tinto doesn’t own the sun, there’s an institutional blindness to any form of energy generation that doesn’t involve digging something up, selling it and burning it. History is moving on and so should Rio Tinto.

“In the United States of America – the world’s largest economy – the share of renewables in new capacity additions boomed from two percent in 2004 to 55 percent in 2009, with no new nuclear capacity whatsoever added in that time.

"Forget nuclear. We’re now in the century of renewable energy."

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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