The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science recently hosted a public webinar for proponents and opponents of the national radioactive manangement process to discuss the progress so far.

The whole discussion is worth watching. Take careful note as the participants who aren’t, in some form, anti-nuclear take the time to clearly deconstruct many of the usual arguments presented against moving ahead with the process, the proposed facility, and nuclear technology in general, to reveal the underlying falacies and contradictions — only to hear some of these arguments nevertheless stated later by the others, as if reciting from a script.

On what seems to be a tangent, Dr Ben Heard, who is the founder of Bright New World and consulted diligently with the site selection process early on, says:

So, let me attempt to steel-man the anti-nuclear position with respect to this effort:

“Helping the management of radioactive waste proceed is equivalent to encouraging the use of nuclear weapons against human populations.”

It’s understandable if this strikes anyone as going a bit far, but please compare it to this answer at timestamp 33:18 of this similarly enlightening episode of ABC Radio National’s The People vs.

In the same vein, the anti-nuclear campaign should be encouraged to build a steel-man on this issue. Let me quote Dr Adi Patterson, CEO of ANSTO, for inspiration:

Dr Geoff Curry and the cask of vitrified final waste at ANSTO, recently returned from France.

That most certainly isn’t a cheap shot.

Oscar Archer holds a PhD in chemistry and has been analysing energy issues for 13 years, focusing on nuclear technology for 4, with a background in manufacturing and QA. By day he works in energy efficiency research & development. He helps out at Adelaide-based Bright New World as Senior Advisor. Find him @OskaArcher on Twitter.

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