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Our Say... : Must we go nuclear?

The tsunami-caused nuclear disaster that has hit Japan last month is in no way likely to ever happen in Jordan once our nuclear power plant is completed and in full operation.

Both the geographic and climatic parameters differ from those in Japan and while an earthquake is not an unlikely possibility with Jordan positioned astride the Great Rift Valley, which begins in Syria and runs along the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Wadi Araba, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, and continues through the continent of

Africa as far as Zimbabwe, nevertheless it is worthwhile to reexamine our going ahead with the nuclear power plant for energy generation.

It is interesting to follow the ongoing debate in Germany over the decommissioning of all nuclear installations by the year 2022, and the possibility that Germany's coalition government may lose to the Social Democrats in the next elections, if not before, over this same issue among others.

If Germany, which has no serious history of natural disasters, elects to scrap its nuclear power plants and opts instead to adopt renewable energy sources, should we not at least rethink our options before we embark on the costly expenses of constructing a nuclear power plant and of mining and extracting uranium?

At times, we find that we are holding too many watermelons in one hand, and we are in a rush to get out of the situation by picking the easiest option at the expense of the more sound.

Have we exhausted all other options such as wind farms, solar power, shale oil, gas energy among others before we go nuclear?

Another very important aspect to consider is the safety of a nuclear power plant in a region that borders an increasingly aggressive Israeli state bent on achieving its Jewish character at the expense of its neighbors.

Would such an entity refrain from targeting a peaceful nuclear power plant in a possible future flare-up? When you are dealing with an irresponsible neighbor, it is best to reduce your liabilities

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Apr 18, 2011
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