In an unstable situation in good times, it’s surprising to learn that Jordan (with its plentiful sun) is intent on building its first nuclear reactor, for what it believes to be a source of nonpolluting, sustainable energy. In the wake of Chernobyl, and now Japan’s nuclear saga, the inability for humanity to learn from its past leaves me dumbfounded.
According to the Jordan Times, and earlier Bloomberg, Jordan has been accepting bids to build a $4 billion USD, 1,100 megawatt nuclear reactor within the next 10 years, outside of Amman.
Nuclear energy and the Middle East are two words that do not go well together, considering that just a couple months ago infidels sabotaged natural gas pipelines from Egypt heading to Jordan. Containing sabotaged nuclear reactors is a little more tricky.
It’s not too late to stop the process: Winners of the bid will be announced by December, with the frontrunners being Russian Atomstroy Export, Canadian AECL and a consortium comprising French firm AREVA and Japanese Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Since reactors are cooled by water, and Jordan remains quite dry, it’s perplexing at best, environmentalists argue, as to how this new project could be compatible with the environment. Not to mention that Jordan is situated on top of a fault zone. I am still scratching my head over this one.
One way readers against nuclear energy can appeal is by contacting authorities in Canada, Japan, France and Russia where the bidders are based. “Enlightened” nations from the developed world might better find ways to help Jordan learn from the West’s mistakes by helping Jordan adopt renewables, like solar energy.
:: Jordan Times
Read more on Middle East nuclear energy:
Iran Going Nuclear in Joint Power Plant Plan with Neighbors
Jordan Explores the Nuclear Option
Is Israel Coming out of The Nuclear Closet by Planning Nuclear Power Station?
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