While tensions increase over Iran's nuclear ambitions and fears that it will create nuclear weapons, neighboring countries in the Middle East are making big plans for a nuclear future with little notice.  Recently, Enercon Services, Inc. -- a highly respected nuclear engineering and management services firm -- opened an office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in anticipation of growing demand for nuclear engineering expertise in the region. 

Saudi Arabia is planning an entire new city devoted to nuclear power and renewable energy with the goal of reducing by half the crude oil and natural gas it burns now to generate electricity.  In just the past few months, Saudi Arabia signed agreements with both China and France to develop its peaceful nuclear power capabilities.  A number of other countries in the region are looking to develop new nuclear power programs as well. 

Ironic, isn't it, that countries with much of the world's oil reserves are actively looking at alternatives such as nuclear and renewables.  Why?  Simple.  They know better than anyone else that nuclear and renewables are essential to any country that wants to improve their energy security, create jobs in new sustainable energy industries, and reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.

John J.P. Howley
Woodbridge, New Jersey

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