Things seem to be hotting up around the world at the moment since I last posted here. Libya is now subject to a no-fly zone with the possibility of more direct Western intervention if things get worse (oh dear, seems like we’ve been here before!) Meanwhile, the rest of the Middle East is kicking-off with more authoritarian governments suppressing dissent. Will a major oil crisis now loom? And, of course, the Japanese have suffered a dreadful disaster with the earthquake, tsunami and now a looming nuclear meltdown as a result!
Still, personally I try to remain optimistic and these problems should sort themselves out – the world always manages to trundle along as normal (I’m not saying that this is the beginning of the real Dragon Line scenario or anything!)
However, the nuclear issue still raises an important issue. With Peak Oil and Climate Change a possibility, it was argued a few years back by James Lovelock that nuclear was the only viable source of alternative energy to fossil fuels on a mass scale (there’s a historic post all about this earlier on in this blog: James Lovelock The Vanishing Face of Gaia.) In this respect he argued that governments need to invest heavily in this area, the UK government in particular. Indeed, HM Government policy at present appears to be precisely this. The only problem that may emerge is that, with this awful crisis with the Fukushima reactor, global public opinion might turn against nuclear power even more so. Britain will probably be no exception. Will this make it more difficult to build more here? That’ll be an interesting factor to observe.
Anyway, just to let you know – only a few more chapters to go on the third-draft (hooray!)