David Littleproud blames The Simpsons, Chernobyl, for Australia’s reluctance to nuclear power
A senior politician blamed Australia’s reluctance to adopt this controversial idea on a popular cartoon.
Nationals leader David Littleproud has blamed the misinformation fueled by The Simpsons and Chernobyl as a reason for Australia’s reluctance to adopt nuclear power.
The opposition is lining up for a fight with the government over nuclear power as it seeks to change its energy policy.
“Now there has to be a conversation about nuclear power,” Littleproud told Sky News.
“In the next 5-10 years, we have the opportunity to look at new technology … and see if this can be done in Australia to reduce emissions to provide us with basic energy, to integrate renewable energy but also to invest in those traditional sectors also to reduce emissions to give us cheap and convenient energy “.
Although nuclear power is not included in the coalition’s new deal, Littleproud said there is a clear understanding between him and new liberal leader Peter Dutton on the matter.
On Sunday, Mr. Dutton named pro-nuclear Congressman Ted O’Brien to the climate change and energy portfolio.
Speaking with ABC RN, Dutton said nuclear power will keep energy prices low.
“I’m not afraid to have a discussion on nuclear power if we are to have legitimate emissions reductions,” Dutton said Monday.
“I don’t think we should be afraid to talk about any technology that can reduce emissions and electricity prices.
“It’s something we can consider in time. I don’t think we should rule things out simply because it’s out of style to talk about them. “
But Mr. Littleproud acknowledged that nuclear has a bad reputation and is currently a “step too far” for many.
“We did thorough surveys and realized it wasn’t that popular because … people were getting their information from what they saw about Chernobyl, Fukushima and even The Simpsons,” he added.
“There is this perception that has been put around nuclear power … engraved in cartoon folklore.”
It comes as the Albanian government evaluates measures to ease gas prices ahead of a meeting with state and territory energy ministers on Wednesday.
Government leader Tony Burke said the government would not rule out anything to lower prices.
“It’s been a decade without any energy policy (under the previous government) that has actually led us to a situation where we ended up with this perfect storm,” he told ABC Radio.
“Some of the problems are international, but our ability to be able to deal with those international problems is very national, so there won’t be a quick, instinctive response.”
Originally published as The bizarre Simpsons ties into a controversial issue in Australian politics