Friday, April 3, 2009


So we have an energy policy that depends on so-called “green” energy technology that is largely unproven and what has been tested has been shown to be this far pretty inefficient. The administration apparently views energy the same way they view everything else, as a social engineering experiment, a way to enact their sense of justice and equity. The same holds true with Leon Panetta who is concerned that there are not enough minorities working at the CIA. See, I am a lot more concerned with not being killed by a terrorist than I am by hitting quotas at the Central Intelligence Agency. So we are buffeted by the need for an improved energy infrastructure on the one hand and the economic suicide being proposed in Washington in the name of “green energy” and saving the planet from global warming on the other.

Meanwhile, the United States in a venture started by the Bush administration and being further pushed by the Obama administration, is working to help the United Arab Emirates develop nuclear power plants.

ABU DHABI -- The mating of the words "nuclear" and "Persian Gulf" normally sets off alarm bells in Washington. Yet this oil-rich Arab state just across the gulf from Iran is on a crash course to develop nuclear power with U.S. backing.

Even as the U.S. remains determined to block Iran from developing nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama sees the U.A.E. program as a "model for the world," according to a senior White House official, and by mid-April could move to present a bilateral nuclear-cooperation treaty to Congress for approval. The ability to make electricity through nuclear power is a long way from the ability to build weapons -- and, proponents say, the agreement could make bomb-making harder.

The treaty, signed by former President George W. Bush during his last week in office, would allow American firms to engage in nuclear trade with the U.A.E. To build support, the U.A.E. is agreeing to buy approved nuclear fuel on the international market, rather than enriching uranium or reprocessing plutonium, both of which can be made into weapons-grade material. It will also open its facilities to random international inspections.

Dozens of American engineers, lawyers and businessmen have converged on Abu Dhabi in recent months to help the United Arab Emirates get the Arab world's first nuclear-power program running by 2017. "I don't know anyone else who has rolled out a nuclear program of this magnitude this fast," says Jeffrey Benjamin, an American engineer who in October was named project manager for Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., which oversees Abu Dhabi's nuclear program.

I fault Bush for a lot of stuff and one of the things he failed at miserably was in not developing and implementing a comprehensive energy policy before leaving office. We still have an incoherent policy, we have taken no steps that I can see toward additional oil exploration, refinery capacity, renewed nuclear power, really not much of anything. As soon as oil prices plummeted, so did any interest in energy independence, oil exploration, etc. I have said before, new refineries, new oil drilling rigs, new nuclear power plants all would be far more worthwhile “stimulus” projects. If we are going to go into debt to try to stimulate the economy, better we use that money on projects that will provide jobs now for construction and good paying blue collar jobs in the future. Pouring billions more down the sinkhole of the public education bureaucracy isn’t going to get it done, building capacity for energy exploration and production would. Instead we are helping other nations, oil rich nations in the heart of the Middle East, develop nuclear power while our energy needs in our own nation go unresolved or made worse yet in a ill-conceived attempt to turn matters of national security and economic stability into social engineering experiments.

I don’t have a giant issue with the U.A.E. getting nuclear power, especially in a way that is hard to weaponize. What I do have an issue with is our willingness to help a foreign nation develop nuclear power while we fail to address the energy needs of our own nation outside of Gore-esque rhetoric about “clean energy” and “green jobs”.
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