rponiarski, on Feb 14 2006, 08:10 PM, said:
I couldn't agree more. Iran is led by a known terrorist (the US embassy takeover) and there is no reason for a country with the known energy reserves that they have to want nuclear power.
Actually there are a few good reason for a nation with Iran's energy reserves to want to develop Nuclear power.
The first is that as large as those reserves are, they are finite. TV notwithstanding, one cannot just draw up the designs for a nuclear plant, and have the plant built in six months. The UK is currently considering building a nuclear reactor, and that wouldnt' be completed for almost a decade. Despite the popular view of Iran as a bunch of hatemongering violent fanatics, it woudln't take much for one of them to realise that given the lead time to desgin, build and use a nuclear reactor, starting when you are 6 months away from being out of oil is a very, very bad move.
What's more, boogymen notwithstanding, the output of a Nuclear plant would allow them to power a signifigant portion of their infrastructure, and make them all in all less reliant on fossil fuels, which I can also imagine them thinking is a good thing.
Yes, they would likely develop nuclear weapons, but that fear alone should not blind people to the legitimate reasons why a country, any country mind, not just Iran, might seek out alternate sources of power.