Thursday, August 9, 2007

Renewable Energy: a Better Bribe

Tom Konrad at AltEnergyStocks gets all geo-political on us. And I like it.

...Technologies for Peaceful Applications

Iran and Libya claim that they want nuclear power only for peaceful applications. Concentrating solar power is better suited to enhance their energy security than nuclear because it does not rely on imported uranium. If that is what they want, CSP seems just as well suited for their purposes, and would give them greater energy security since it does not rely on imported fuel. With North Korea, supplying wind turbines would be even simpler politically, because the existing agreement already allows for equivalent energy aid. If we in the West are worried about the additional security renewable energy might give to these unpredictable regimes, shouldn't we be even more worried about providing them with nuclear material?...