The Federal Government says the first trial power plant should be completed in South Australia by the end of the year, and geothermal power should be available on the power grid within five years.

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...and that flip Brendan Nelson wants us to go down the poisonous nuclear energy path. Who's whispering in his ear? I'll take the 5 years for a very clean, renewable energy source such as geothermal power over the 15-20 year wait (the Howard government's own estimate) for a nuclear power station. I won't even mention that we've still found no solution to deal with nuclear waste, which leaves a deadly legacy for between 10,000 and 1,000,000 years (estimates vary widely) of future generations.

Brendan Nelson is clearly on planet whacko. Sadly he's got lots of company.