Explorations Series (Dubbo): How our fear of nuclear energy is hurting the environment - Rob Parker

Start: 15th Aug 2017 6:00pm
End: 15th Aug 2017 7:00pm

Followed by Q&A and light refreshments.

Rob Parker is a civil engineer with a masters degree in nuclear science from ANU.  He was a founding convenor of CANWIN – a climate action community group in the Southern Highlands of NSW, where he was a strong advocate for wind and solar power.  He is now a nuclear energy advocate and President of the Australian Nuclear Association, an independent incorporated scientific organisation made up of persons drawn from the professions, business, government and universities, with an interest in nuclear topics. In 2015 he was a signatory to the Nice declaration which committed the nuclear associations of 39 countries to support for a "Nuclear for Climate" campaign.

The use of nuclear energy is guided by the climate change imperative but is criticised by some as unsafe and too expensive.  In this presentation, Rob Parker, President of the Australian Nuclear Association, will address the issues of harnessing nuclear energy within Australia with experience gained during his recent visits to French and American nuclear facilities and Fukushima.  He will cover the historical achievements of nuclear energy in the "laboratory of real life" and look at the environmental and strategic security it offers to Australia.  Finally, he will delve into the economic benefits for a nuclear powered expansion of wealth as we deal with global warming. The acceptance of nuclear energy for many Australians will require an about face on how they overcome the perceived clash of economic prosperity with environmental impact.

Venue / Address:
Charles Sturt University, Building 902, Room 202, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo NSW

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