In a desert region full of oil, and well unlimited sunshine, Abu Dhabi still plans to go ahead and build a nuclear energy site despite the risks. Remember Japan? And Greenpeace, which runs an active unit in the Arab world and Middle East, called Greenpeace MENA, isn’t thrilled about the development. (They weren’t thrilled about Jordan going nuclear as well, in 2011. That seems to be off the table for now.)
Abu Dhabi is about to startup its nuclear reactor, a first for the Arab world. And Greenpeace explains that this action will further deplete natural resources such as water, which is very scarce in the United Arab Emirates.
Currently desalination is looked to as a viable option, but creating it is energy intense. Creating a nuclear reactor to run desalination is much like a snake biting its own tail.
The plant in Abu Dhabi was set to open in