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Why Nuclear Plants are a safe zone from terrorist attacks

Nuclear power plant

Possible aircraft attack

There has been a lot of contemplation over the consequences of occurrence of an attack by a large aircraft similar to the 2001 World Trade Centre attack in New York. This time the target being a nuclear facility aiming at radioactive materials. Studies show that nuclear reactors would be robust as compared to any other civil installations used to resist such attacks. A thorough study financed by the US department of Energy and conducted by US Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) concluded that the US reactor would be strong enough to withstand attacks from large commercial aircraft.

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Lack of Australian nuclear plant almost immoral: Peter Cosgrove

The Former defence force chief Peter Cosgrove has pleaded for Australia to embrace nuclear power, criticising the “daily scrapping” between politicians about climate change.

Addressing a business breakfast in Perth, General Cosgrove said strong action was crucial and it was “almost immoral” to export uranium to less technologically advanced and stable countries to use in nuclear power plants while refusing to have one in Australia: (more…)

Warming to Nuclear Power

The Age yesterday released an Age/Nielsen poll demonstrating that 49% of Australians believed nuclear should be on the nation’s list of potential power options, with 43% opposed.

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This is a major change from a level of just 38% in a 2006 Newspoll, with 51 per cent opposed.

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The Real Target is 97%

With all the political talk about emissions targets, it is hard to get a solid reference point.? Here is one such reference.? Taking?the?long term sustainable emissions level from the?Stern Review (UK?Government 2007), we find that a 97% emissions cut will ultimately be?required in Australia’s case.

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