This (geo)graphic was posted on Younes Noorollahi’s website.
As I continue to read about Iran’s putative quest for nuclear weapons amid their claims that nuclear simply offers a reliable civilian energy source, Google, as always, sent me in an interesting direction. Iran, and interestingly also Afghanistan, sits atop considerable geothermal potential.
It turns out that Younes attended the United Nations University Geothermal Training Program in Iceland. I spent my summer vacation in Iceland and was stunned by the power (forgive the pun) of their use of geothermal. Perhaps Younes is onto something. Iran has an Office of Modern Energies and appears to already recognize the potential in geothermal.
If we were to have a robust dialog with Iran regarding their energy needs, I would hope that it would encompass geothermal. God knows that Iceland needs some new economic opportunities. Perhaps we could help Iceland help Iran help the rest of us not have to worry about nuclear proliferation when there are clearly already one too many global crises. The Himalyan Geothermal Belt already generates some serious Megawatts. This could definitely change the landscape and dialog with Iran, as well as Afghanistan.