posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 03:05 AM
Interesting. I understand the ideals that NZ is advocating but I too feel we could benefit from safe nuclear technology (possibly an oxymoron I know).
For better or worse the NZ government respects the beliefs of its citizens to the extent they feel it's worth the sacrifice of various trade and
technological advantages to maintain NZ’s peaceful/green reputation.
I can see both sides of the coin. I believe the government knows that we could safely manage nuclear power, but with NZ's history and the popular
animosity towards nuclear technology any political entity endorsing the acceptance of nuclear energy would be sunk as quickly as it was launched. For
such a progressive country we can be narrow-minded on some issues.
The government department, Environmental Efficiency and Conservation Authority, has just been handed $6 billion to make NZ ‘greener’, if they were
truly concerned about efficiency from a sustainable point of view they wouldn’t be covering NZ in the giant windmills like they are currently
constructing and would be considering all prospective energy sources. I’m not saying nuclear power is the one, but it is an option.
A close acquaintance of mine works for EECA and she informed me of their development plans. EECA have mapped out areas for turbine coverage which
largely include most of the north island’s rural farming areas north of Wellington and south of Auckland. It’s easy to convince farmers to sell
their land when the government’s doing little in the way of helping struggling farmers who are being killed off by export tariffs.
These windmills are highly inefficient and costly when compared to some other forms of greener energy. I know nuclear power is not ‘greener’ in
the traditional sense but in some ways, compared to the proposed windmills, as I said before, it’s worth considering. These turbines require
extensive maintenance and construction costs. Nuclear energy would provide an abundance of power (with little aesthetic pollution) and set up costs
rivaling the proposed cost of the combined wind turbines.
So is it worth dropping our morals in exchange for more suitable development?
Anyway, sorry for the rant, just my 2.5c.