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Minister Chris Bowen, dismisses nuclear power saying that: โ€œ๐–๐ž ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ง๐ฎ๐œ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐€๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐š, ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฐ๐žโ€™๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก.โ€ So lets not do it.

The point with this is that apart from hearing him run this undergraduate SFS argument before, it is just patently absurd because within the context of the energy debate, up until about twenty minutes ago, we didnโ€™t have a solar or windmill energy industry either and we were โ€œstarting from scratchโ€.

AND as a point of fact Australia does indeed have a successful nuclear energy industry at Lucas Heights in southern Sydney.

ย The โ€œstarting from scratchโ€ argument applies to literally everything that never existed before.

There is always that first moment of turning the first sod and breaking new ground.ย If we all ran with the Bowen “starting from scratch” philosophy nothing would ever get started in the first place. In 1788, the entire Australian project started from scratch!!! The yet to be opened western Sydney airport started from scratch only 5 years ago, in 2018.

Starting from scratch is being deployed as very flakey, and extremely lame political excuse for doing nothing. And if thatโ€™s it, if thatโ€™s all they have, that we don’t have a nuclear industry because we’d be starting from scratch, then lets start if from scratch.

And when it comes to locating SMR (small modular reactor) nuclear generation on existing coal fired power sites, the network infrastructure is already in place so youโ€™re not starting from scratch at all.

As far as insults to the intelligence are concerned the SFS debating point is about as infantile as it gets. But then we are talking about Chris Bowen.

But to the broader point on energy we need to be constantly reminded that

Western Civilization and our society and the opportunity it has afforded us over the last 150 years has been built on the back of cheap, abundant, and reliable energy and what the climate cult wants to impose on us is that they want, by design, for your energy to be less reliable, less abundant and more expensive โ€ฆ.

Apart from flying in the face of reason and logic, just think about how anti human and twisted that is and what it says.

Its says those dollars in your pocket, that you were planning to spend on your families health, housing and education or upgrading your personal life whether it be a baby, a new car or maybe a home renovations, the government wants to curb your ability to improve your lot by deprivingย  you of that money and those benefits and upgrades to your quality of life and in fact to deliberately degrade your quality of life and have ย you pay more for something that is NOT reliable or available when you need it, NOT abundant and NOT cheap..

When you strip it all back that is what theyโ€™re promising. That is the policy.