Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Australia Nuclear Update: Uranium Sales to China Approved, India May Be Next

An Australian Parliamentary committee has approved uranium sales to China, and sales to India may very well be next.

The Daily Reckoning puts it all into the propoer perspective:

The nuclear debate in Australia isn’t so much about Australia as it is about China and India. Australia, like every other major Western economy, ought to develop a safe, efficient, and clean nuclear industry for the day when conventional hydro-carbons like oil, coal, and gas, are no longer plentiful and cheap. That day is fast approaching, and is probably already upon us.

But the main reason Australia ought to encourage nuclear power use is that if China and India don’t go the nuclear route, the world will soon be a dirtier, sweater, and more dimly lit place. The sunsets might be romantic. But if you can’t breathe, you won’t be able to enjoy them all that much.
Something to think about. For a dissenting perspective, click here.

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1 comment:

robert merkel said...

The primary argument made by critics of the policy is that selling uranium to China raises concerns of proliferation.

That horse has, of course, long bolted. China already has enough fissile material, from its own resources, to make thousands of nuclear weapons, an order of magnitude greater than the number they already possess - a number that they have shown no particular interest in expanding.

It makes about as much sense as refusing to sell them paper because they might write battle plans on it.