North Korea is harvesting weapons grade plutonium from its nuclear facilities and made the announcement official. This is just another step in the escalation of the nuclear situation they are in a perfect example of how it can take place in other areas once they have nuke we are facilities.
How come no one takes the costs of all of this into consideration when looking at the economic viability of alternative energy… think about this. We are looking at the possibility of Iran starting up a nuclear power plant that would give them access to weapons grade plutonium. It is quite possible that Israel will bomb them to prevent that plant from starting up; maybe with our approval. We know that much of the world does not want Iran to gain access to this nuclear material. Doesn't it seem somewhat hypocritical to expand nuclear energy but only in the countries where we think it is okay?
The money spent on developing cost-effective forms of alternative energy would result in saving hundreds of billions even trillions of dollars in wars and negotiations over nuclear weapons. What better way to tell another country that they cannot have nuclear power and to offer them a more cost-effective cleaner form of energy production at their citizens would rather have. It's time that we start thinking about things in the long term, it's impossible to negotiate with the carrot and the stick if you don't have both.