Homer Simpson once said a prayer about nuclear power.
It went like this: "And Lord, we are especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest, safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream".
This came to mind as we followed the latest chapter in the Morrison government's interest in nuclear power.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor said this week that the government had an "open mind" on developing nuclear energy.
This followed Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce suggesting that residents living close to a nuclear reactor be granted free electricity.
Ahh, thanks all the same Barnaby, but Chernobyl and Fukushima do tend to come to mind. So, we're happy to pay for our electricity.
Shortland MP Pat Conroy said he'd "never accept a nuclear power plant being built in our community".
And he reminded us that studies had pinpointed Hunter sites for nuclear plants. These included Eraring, Munmorah and Vales Point power stations in the Lake Macquarie/Central Coast area, and Glenbawn Dam and Liddell and Bayswater power stations in the Hunter Valley. Port Stephens has also been previously mentioned.
Pat reckons people deserve to know exactly where the Morrison government would build nuclear power plants.
"Nuclear energy is banned in Australia and would not deliver cheaper power to Australian families," Pat said.
"If Mr Morrison is open to using nuclear energy, would he be prepared to have a nuclear power plant built in the Sutherland Shire, in his own electorate?"
We're not entirely sure what the Coalition is up to here, but we can't help but wonder if this nuclear talk is a red herring to give coal some breathing room.
But if you really believe we're headed for nuclear power, you could always pray like Homer, who once said: "I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman."
A Crazy Experiment
Sometimes people have a tendency to tune out to the climate change and energy debate.
We've been guilty of it at times. It seems like a never-ending tug-of-war that won't be won until the proverbial really hits the fan. But some people have a way of cutting through the crap, so to speak.
Like Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. We listened to a podcast this week, in which he said: "We must have sustainable energy transport and infrastructure in the long term, so why run this crazy experiment where we take trillions of tonnes of carbon from underground and put it in the atmosphere and the oceans? This is an insane experiment. It's the dumbest experiment in human history."
Musk's contemporary Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the spaceflight company Blue Origin, also grabbed our attention this week.
On the TV program, The 21st Century Race For Space (hosted by Brian Cox), Bezos said the only way to protect Earth was to "move heavy industry" off it.
"Earth can be effectively zoned residential and light industry," he said.
He said space was "a much better place" to do heavy manufacturing and mining.
"In space, you have 24/7 solar power. Resources in space are much vaster, in terms of mineral resources and so on.
"Every kind of element that you need is available in space in very large quantities."
Now that's aiming for the stars.