“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” — Zen proverb
When it comes to gas, we’ve got an awful lot in common here in the
Last month, for example, saw Andrew Liveris, president and chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company arrive in
Representing Dow and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Liveris urged the
Liveris said that over the past six years the price of
“These high prices are felt acutely by all manufacturers, particularly the chemical industry, which relies on natural gas both to power our plants and as a raw material to make our products,” he said.
Because of the high prices, Dow has been forced to take aggressive action: it has improved its energy efficiency, raised product prices, shut down inefficient plants in the
Sound familiar? Well, it should. Because over here in the
“With prices this high,
So what’s to be done about all this then? Well, obviously, the future would be brighter if the future were nuclear. And more cost effective too!
And that’s not just yours truly saying that either! No siree. Last year, an exhaustive study by the somewhat more cranially-endowed folks at the
Thank goodness then, that this last February, we had the sense to join up with the good folks in the US as well as some other chaps from Canada, France, and Japan to sign the first multilateral agreement aimed at the development of next generation nuclear energy systems.
So when will these exciting new technologies like the Molten Salt Reactor, the Supercritical Water Reactor or the Very High Temperature Reactor be making their way to a site in the
Well, unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next summer to find out. That’s the date when UK Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks will publish a ‘policy statement’ on energy and the role that nuclear has to play.
But why wait? Since the chaps in the US have already laid much of the new nuclear groundwork for us, why don’t we just follow suit? After all, we’ve followed them to hell and back before.