John Quiggin has a piece in the Fin Review today about the nuclear inquiry, which you can read for free on his blog. It makes very similar points to those I made in a piece I wrote a while ago.
In short they are:
Nuclear isn’t cost competitive with coal or gas
If CO2 is recognised as a problem then we should deal with it by a tax, or cap and trade scheme
If CO2 is taxed the market will sort out the most efficient way of minimizing it, either by reductions and efficiency or new technology (including alternatives and nuclear).
I’m glad John is making these points in the papers because I think there has been too much focus on the government finding a solution when they should be just addressing the cost of the polution and letting the market sort it, especially given that’s what the government professes to believe in.