Australia goes nuclear
Prime Minister John Howard has put energy specialists to work in
order to study possibilities to use nuclear power instead of coal.
Australia produces most of its power with coal ang gas. The country
is also worlds largest coal exporter. BBC reports the specialists
are to deliver their report to the government by the end of the
The shift from fossil fuels to nuclear power is likely to face
opposition from both coal industry lobbies and environmental activists.
Fear of global warming and international pressure to lower carbon-dioxide
emissions are speakeing for implementing nuclear power. Australia's
Meteorology Bureau announced that 2005 had been Australia's hottest
year on record. US and Australia are the only major industrialised
countries not to have signed the Kyoto agreement.
Uranium mining is a remarkable business in Australia, a country
holding 40 percent of the world's known uranium reserves. The country
has only one small research reactor in Sidney. Prime minister Howard
has stated it being foolish to see the nation as simply an exporter
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