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More Than 50 Nations Want to Build Nuclear Plants

That's according to IAEA's Hans-Holger Rogner:
More than 50 nations are in talks with the UN atomic watchdog to build nuclear power plants, a twofold increase over the last four years, a top agency official said in an interview released on Thursday.

"The IAEA is talking with 50-60 countries about the construction of nuclear power plants," Hans-Holger Rogner, head of planning and economic studies at the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in an interview with the German newsletter VDI Nachrichten.

"There were only half as many just four years ago. That's a sign of where the journey is headed," he said.
These are excellent signs that we on our planet want to go more and more nuclear. If I live long enough (hopefully to the end of this century), I bet we're going to continue to develop the Earth into the clean, awesome, sustainable planets like shown in the Star Wars movies. And that will be in part because nuclear plants will be providing much of the affordable, dense, clean baseload power for our planet to make it happen. I'm looking forward to it. :-)

Picture up top is of the Star Wars planet Naboo where 600 million people live, picture on bottom is of the Star Wars city planet Coruscant where "approximately 1 trillion people inhabit the planet". The picturesque planets are what I envision our Earth looking like as we harness more nuclear energy!

Comments

Ioannes said…
Dave,

Yours is a very nice sentiment. But before we can create a clean, safe planet with abundant resources at low cost available for all, we have to change our hearts. We have to become clean in our hearts first. That being said, I share your idealism for our future.

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