The release of a government report on the future of nuclear energy in Australia has inaugurated a new silly season in public political discourse. In the wake of the report, Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said he feared that the construction of new nuclear power plants might harm Australia's tourism industry.
I think this response struck the correct tone:
But federal Tourism Minister Fran Bailey has urged Australians to consider nuclear power, and says it will help deal with climate change.UPDATE: More, in a similar vein, from Rod Adams.
Ms Bailey says France has combined a nuclear power industry with a successful tourism sector.
She says it is possible to go nuclear and protect Australia's clean green image.
"France is a country that's 14 times smaller than Australia, it has 59 nuclear generators and yet ... it's the most visited country in the world, attracting more than 76 million tourists a year," she said.
"It's able to do this, of course, with nuclear energy."
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