Wednesday, March 08, 2006

But why does Iran need nuclear power? 

Well the great uproar about the possible use of Iran's civillian nuclear facilities for weapons development goes up a notch. For now not raising the military mumblings or the questions of national sovereigncy, just asking:

Iran is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, and has a scattered population requiring expensive investmenst in any long-distance power transmission grid. What is it doing putting immense chunks of national resources into building civil nuclear reactors?

Just from the opportunity cost comparisons of differing cilvil energy programmes it looks a screwy decision.

The economic case just does not add up at first glance. I suspect national totemism trumps realistic assesment of needs.

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