python wrote:the chernobyl nuclear accident marks its 30th anniversary today...than was the fukushima. many experts still argue which one was worse.
one happened in the totalitarian, secretive state that lied and lied before the world become fully aware. while another occurred in a supposedly democratic state that lied even more. many may recall (or search on) my posts that followed the fukushima developments from day one and how obvious the tepco lies were even 5 y. ago.
each of the 2 commercial nuclear calamities released many times more radioactive material than the bomb dropped on hiroshima. it pressed some countries into gradual decommissioning of ALL reactors, while in many more others the nuclear commercial reactors are mushrooming (pun intended) literally.
why such a difference ?
it is a complex question going deep into cultural, commercial, political and emotional attitudes. let's take europe's 170 nukes as an example. while france leads the world in the nuclear-derived proportion (apr. 80%) and the swiss operate the oldest nuke on earth (almost 50 yo), the germans decided to go green all the way and actually made a huge progress along the way. adds to the complexity a somewhat poorly recognized in the west fact that the best and safest reactors are nowadays made in ................russia. yep, they rank #1 among the already signed new contracts and - which may be even more significant - those still planned.
regarding the last fact, some curious decisions have been made by the long-suffering ukraine. like to snub russia at any cost, mind you the uki reactors are ALL of soviet/russian designs, they recently decided to buy the nuclear fuel from westighouse. some say it is dangerous and stupid b/c the fuel accident analysis should be done by the reactor vendors. and so on.
obviously some are wise, some will always be stupid. but i am still a believer in the nuclear option.
I'd like to know how accurate the health reporting has been relating to Chernobyl as well. Unfortunately for Belarus at the time, the wind was blowing in the wrong direction while Kiev got lucky. There was an increase in thyroid cancers especially in children in both countries but the numbers did not seem to be very high and how much fallout settled in rivers and the water table ? The clean up workers who did not die soon after the accident were obviously the ones that were highest risk of dying of cancer and many did eventually.The sarcophagus for the reactor of course is only a short term fix and there are going to be ongoing issues and problems. I am in two minds about nuclear power but it seems for some people the risks are worth it re global warming. New reactors are still being built but building reactors in high risk earthquake zones does not seem to be too smart re Fukushima.