When I heard
France had offered to provide a nuclear reactor to power a desalinization
plant in Libya, it knocked me for a loop. I do believe in carrots to show
countries that we don’t always get along with that there is some reason to be on
our good side, but I fail to see any circumstances under which adding one more
batch of radioactive material (even if not bomb-making grade) in a troubled
region of the world is going to aid our long term security.
If we want to help Gaddafi (or
perhaps pay him off for returning hostages,) wouldn’t it make more sense to
give him something just a little less dangerous? Concentrating Solar Power
(CSP) is ideally suited for Libya’s hat and dry climate, and it works well for
desalinization… why not use this opportunity to advance CSP technology, and
not have to worry about proliferation to boot?
That’s the question I ask in my most recent Alternative
Energy Stocks article. And while I’m at it, I ask similar questions
about our relations with Iran and North Korea.