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11 nuclear power stations between 2025 and 2050 on the way to achieving a 23 per cent cut in emissions by the end of that period

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

According to John Breusch, writing in the The Australian Financial Review, 28/9/2007, p. 10, The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE) report postulates Australia building 11 nuclear power stations between 2025 and 2050 on the way to achieving a 23 per cent cut in emissions by the end of that period.

Though the study appeared to lend weight to Prime Minister John Howard’s claim that nuclear power was low-emissions electricity source, the government had recently toned down its campaign, fearing an electoral backlash. But the report also underlines the difficulty of achieving deep cuts in emissions. Even assuming governments introduce the sort of policies needed to encourage the use of clean technologies, the report foresees Australia’s 2050 emissions only 23 per cent down on 2005 levels —well below the 50 to 60 per cent-cuts, commonly cited, as necessary.

The Australian Financial Review, 28/9/2007, p. 10

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