If one doesn’t spend some time reading the vast information resource that the Internet is, then one might never learn about cool catch-phrases like: Yummy Yellowcake, Having Your Yellowcake and Eating it Too, Follow the Yellowcake Road, and the Yellowcake Conspiracy. For those of us who might not be “in the know,” these have nothing to do with Betty Crocker or Elton John. Instead, they seemingly have everything to do with our global steps towards energy independence. Yellowcake is uranium concentrates – used in the preparation of fuel for nuclear reactors.
By the way, I love all those we-went-to-Iraq-for-oil conspiracy theories that are highly believable and exist still to this day, even while just about every government official and their wagging dogs previously insisted it had only to do with WMD. If ever a conspiracy theory needs to exist, perhaps the best one would be that the Iraq war had less to do with the actual weapons themselves and more to do with the resource that builds them. (Said resource being uranium, or yellowcake as it’s referred to in my blogpost today.) Not that I believe the whole Iraq war was a carefully calculated plan to aquire Saddam’s vast stores of uranium so that the U.S. could kick-start a global nuclear revival, but hey, as conspiracies go, that would be an interesting one. So interesting in fact, there are already books written about it (one example here) and hundreds of stories floating ’round the Internet.
I get that whole X-Files inspired tingle just thinking about that. But, just like Scully, even though the truth is “out there” I won’t be the one stumbling upon it.
Conspiracy theories aside, it can’t be denied that uranium and nuclear energy are super hot topics. I think these two latest headlines serve as a nice follow-up to my two previous posts on the Nuclear Revival:
One Nuclear Deal Done, More Lined Up. Pranab Dhal Samanta Posted: Oct 12, 2008 at 0121 hrs IST. IndianExpress.com
This is an Unprecedented Deal, says Rice. NEWSSX Posted: Oct 11, 2008. Howrah.org
Incidentally, this next article from CNN is one that I found (ahem) rather interesting, particularly as it involves Cameco Corporation, which I referred to in my second post on the Nuclear Revival.
500 tons of uranium shipped from Iraq, Pentagon says. Brianna Keiler, Larry Shaughnessy CNN Posted: Jul 7, 2008. CNN.com/US
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