Barnaby Joyce and Tanya Plibersek ‘jousting’ over COP28 nuclear power pledge

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek were “jousting” over the COP28 agreement to triple nuclear generation by 2050.

barnaby joyce and tanya plibersek ‘jousting’ over cop28 nuclear power pledge

Barnaby Joyce and Tanya Plibersek ‘jousting’ over COP28 nuclear power pledge

The declaration was signed by 22 countries on Saturday, including the US, Canada, France, Japan, the UK and the UAE, pledging to triple nuclear generation capacity by 2050 from a base year of 2020.

Global nuclear capacity stands at 370 gigawatts, with 31 countries running reactors.

“Here’s your plan: your plan is the power prices going through the roof,” Mr Joyce said on Monday.

“You can’t say it’s going to be so dear, but we won’t remove the prohibitions, because that’s saying it’s … a philosophical issue.”

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