'Mutually Assured Construction' - Multiple Nuclear Power Plant Additions Aligned With Energy Security, Defense, & Now Climate Strategy

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South African Nuclear Plant, 2005. Image credit:AFP, Gian Luigi Guercia

There is so much planned nuclear power development in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, these days. In the Middle East, Iran is just the tip of nuclear 'iceberg'. Arab Emirates, for example, also is planning nuclear power plant construction in the near future.

Not only are the foreign policy implications of such developments head-spinning; it's hard to imagine where the cooling water will come from. Add to that, needed changes in treaties and practices for high level radiological waste management and for prevention of nuclear arms proliferation.

According to UPI "United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have signed nuclear cooperation deals with the United States. Kuwait is considering developing nuclear power with French help and in June Egypt signed a deal with Russia to build the first of four planned nuclear power stations."

There is much more nuclear power expansion planned for Britain, Turkey, & Africa.According to an AFP story, Turkey sticks to nuclear power plan. Turkey plans to build three nuclear power plants. Although energy independence is the principle strategic reason behind the plans, you can count on hearing about climate action.

According to The Independent, Britain has identified 10 new potential sites for nuclear power plant construction, which could eventually provide 40% of projected demand growth.

Corruption-plagued and cash-starved Kenya, East Africa is even looking to get in on the nuclear power bandwagon. France will provide the help according to an AFP story:

Kenya hopes to build its first nuclear power plant in the next five years with help from France, Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on Saturday.

"We want to establish a nuclear plant. We want to start with a plant of the average of between 1,000 and 2,000 Megawatts (output) and we are looking at five years from now," Odinga said in an interview with AFP.

Still wondering how they will find the cooling water resources needed to operate nuclear power plants in such drought suffering places.

Mutually assured construction.
The real news here is that climate change adds to the nuclear development rationale, which means stronger justification for developing countries to ask developed ones for supporting loans and grants - in trade off for support of multi-national climate edicts.

Tangled webs...etc.

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