Given that this was Ardern's nuclear moment... you'd think that she might have taken a modicum of advice or undertaken an ounce of research before she went off announcing policy with wide-reaching implications.
While nuclear is extremely carbon friendly, for largely political reasons , we established ourselves as nuclear free. In the name of all things 'progressive', illogical, backward and nonsensical decisions can be twisted under the aura of public goodwill and sentiment to be seen as virtuous and beneficial. A ridiculous paradox, bit true nonetheless.
Jacinda's nuclear free moment? Did we envisage something practical? Did we suppose that the absurdity we call 'societal progress' would actually be a step forward. Admittedly for a moment I was lulled into thinking just that. And then reality struck. The gas we thought was the way of the future was condemned, prices rise, the people struggle ..... And our carbon emissions stay the same.
Just like NZ's nuclear free stance was merely virtue signalling, and the nuclear powers around the globe blithley carried on their greener way, while we tried to find some cold comfort by assuming a nuclear meltdown in the Auckland harbour by some carbon-friendly American warship was imminent, so to will we try to find some colder comfort in the higher power prices, the ugly dams making a blot on some once pristine valley, or horrible windmills destroying our natural landscapes when we realise that cutting of our gas supplies was a horrible mistake.
The nuclear issue from the David Lange days is supported by National.
Its not about green its about danger. Chernobyl and Fukushima. Seems the 80's was correct
Is it Spain or France that is heavily nuclear powered are scaling it down, since Fukushima? Nuclear is awesome but the safety factor has a high cost.