Opposition Leader promises more detail on nuclear plans

Having announced where the nuclear reactors would go and who would pay for them, the coalition is now being pressed to outline more details, how much it would cost, where the waste would go and what the energy mix would be in the grid. Labour's run a campaign of mocking memes against nuclear power in general, sparking a separate fight over whether that's juvenile or just a joke. But the political crux is cost and time frame. The coalition has been forced to adjust its plan to announce the costs from sometime before the next election to very soon. In the twenty 40s they're saying we'll do nothing until then and then in the twenty 40s sometime they'll be the most expensive form of new energy brought into the system. The coalition wants nuclear to replace coal as a base load power supply, complemented by renewables and gas. Although nuclear is reliable and stable, it can't easily be scaled up and down to take into account renewables already in the energy grid. Labour wants renewables to be the mainstay of the grid, supported by batteries, hydro and gas. A myriad of issues aside, coal-fired power stations will have largely exited the energy grid by the end of the decade, which means there's not much time to make the right call.

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