According to today’s Al-Wasat [Ar] newspaper, MP Adel Al-Asoumi has suggested building a nuclear (read like former US President George W Bush ==> new-clear) reactor to combat Bahrain’s continuing electric blackout problem.
This article make me giggle for two reasons:
- Just the day before, the UAE and South Korea signed a nuclear power plant deal. Al-Asoumi seemed to have just read the news before entering the parliamentary chambers and thought “hmmmm… I’ll suggest the same thing here [fluorescent light flickers above him]“.
- I used to remember when I was in intermediate and secondary school that we the GCC were aiming to use solar power in the near future. I remember reading articles in the newspaper that University of Bahrain bought some solar panels to use in experiments and I thought “Wow! I hope the school takes us there for a trip” (Yes, I was a wee bit nerdy back then)
What really baffles me is why has nuclear power become so ‘hip’ all of a sudden. Is it because neighbouring Iran has nuclear capabilities? Is it because President Obama gave them the green light?
We GCC countries are located in what is being called ‘The Sun Belt‘ which spans from the deserts of North Africa to the Arabian Peninsula. According to research, if solar power was generated on this Sun Belt, only a mere 0.4% of the energy generated would be enough to power the whole of Europe.
We are talking about being the world’s prime energy provider after the ‘Oil Age’. Yet, hardly any sort of research never mind development is being done in our region.
Whilst here in Japan, the summer fad in the mobile market (other than the iPhone 3GS) was solar powered ones. Also quite a considerable amount of rural homes have installed solar panels on their roofs (based on a few train/bus rides here and there).
Solar power has finally hit the domestic market (outside solar powered calculators…remember those?)
Renewable energy is the way to go… We’ve said this for decades.. Let’s actually do something about it and invest in this market (not just buy solar cells, but actually develop our own!)