Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Peace in the Middle East

another presidential call for the destruction of Israel:

"Speaking to a crowd on a visit to the southern port of Bushehr, where Iran's first light-water nuclear power plant is being built by Russia, Ahmadinejad further incited his listeners to "stop supporting the Zionists, as [their] regime reached its final stage.'
'Accept that the life of Zionists will sooner or later come to an end,' the Iranian president said in a televised speech.'"

he was visiting a future nuclear reactor site and talking about the obliteration of Israel. i can't imagine how anyone could think he has any desire for nuclear technology except to produce electricity. //sarcasm

they also demonstrated how unambitious they are:

Iranian officials have said they plan to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear energy in the next two decades."

for reference: energy is measured in megawatt-hours. power is measured in megawatts. if you produce one megawatt of power for one hour, you have produced one megawatt-hour of energy. either the newspaper or the Iranian officials could have screwed this up. it is a common mistake.

to produce 20,000 megawatts of electric power would require 20 nuclear power plants running simultaneously.

to produce 20,000 megawatt-hours of electric energy over the next two decades all you need is one power plant running for about 2.2 years.

neither of these are particularly challenging goals. they wouldn't be for a peaceful country, anyway. Russia and the US both achieved these goals more than 50 years ago and we had to invent the technology.

China has contracts to buy dozens of nuclear reactors from American companies over the next few decades (including the transfer of the power plant designs to China, so we know who Iran will eventually buy its nuke plants from if Russia fails to deliver).

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