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Comment by chiefie, on 3-Apr-2006 10:37
bring on the USSR Sub... or even a nuclear power plant. realistically, we are already using and applying nuclear substance for many things, mostly are medical related. So having aplently power supply with nuclear powerplant, and with good monitoring system to ensure its operation, i think NZ can overcome the power shortage. but NO! we have to be so damn political with our stance. "nuclear free zone", oh sure, then why shouldn't we be removing the nuclear emitting devices from hospital if we are so concern with nuclear free policy? I would like to see our power bill becomes affordable. And who knows, when power bill becomes cheap, and we able to produce NZ-made battery powered cars? And everyone will be able to recharge their eletric cars in house, daily and we all live happily, cheaply and cleanly too. Who needs fossil fuels then? (yes, i know, dreams are free...)
Comment by tonyhughes, on 3-Apr-2006 10:54
Here here... I agree. I switch off things when I am not using them to save -money- not power... :-)
Comment by juha, on 3-Apr-2006 11:22
I quite agree. The Herald too ran an anti-nuclear power piece, again focusing on Chernobyl. Unless we do nuclear power the way the Soviets did, or Harrisburg, the chances of an accident are pretty damn small. The alternatives are pretty terrible. I've driven past the big wind farms in California, and they are quite disturbing places. Coal? Well, maybe it can now be burnt without too many emissions, but digging the stuff up in the quantities required creats some horrific scars. (To be fair, uranium mining has the same issues.) Likewise, hydropower has major environmental impact - think The Three Gorges Dam(n) in China for instance. It's amazing the despite repeated power crisis, nothing has happened to sort out backup alternatives. Wikipedia article on the '98 Auckland power fiasco, with a link to Peter Gutmann's good summary of it all: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_Auckland_power_crisis
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