The link above the picture is to a pictorial essay of children affected by the nuclear meltdown of Chernobyl. It's heartbreaking...simply heartbreaking. As the narrator says, everyone in favor of nuclear power says everything has been made safe...there's nothing that can go wrong. And then something breaks.
Many of these children's parents were/are in Belarus which is where the wind blew massive amounts of radiation following the Chernobyl incident. Even 23 yrs after Chernobyl, children are suffering birth defects at an alarming rate and the radiational damage transmitted from parent to child is not expected to abate for thousands of years, so great are the chromosomal anomalies.
We cannot urge you strongly enough to watch the slide-show and decide if this is what you want to risk for your grandchildren...and their grandchildren...for eons to come. Everyone needs to see this pictorial essay and hear the narration.
From "Wake The Hell Up":
The comparison of nuclear power to any other energy source currently utilized in the United States is a case of apples and oranges. NO OTHER energy source has close to the need for high-level security over waste storage, nor nearly the length of time required to render that waste non-toxic. Is there another energy source that produces waste that gets MORE volatile and less stable over time?
I have not seen a single comparison of options for America’s energy solution that includes these integral costs.
But that is just the financial logic.
Far more insidious and far greater justification for why nuclear power is not a viable solution is the ongoing effects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
I beg you, especially if you believe that nuclear power should be part of our energy equation, to take a few minutes and view a short slideshow of the work of photographer Paul Fusco, who visited Chernobyl and the surrounding region in 2006, twenty years after the nuclear accident:
There is no other argument necessary. View these images and then tell me you are willing to risk this fate for your grandchildren and their grandchildren. How could you?