Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nuclear Nightmare

I've always been opposed to nuclear power, not only because of what happens when a reactor fails (always a possibility, however remote you want to convince yourself it is), but also because of the issue of spent fuel and what we do with it. The crisis in Japan has only solidified my feelings on this. As much as we need new energy solutions in America, it's important to acknowledge the dangers of nuclear power. It's just not worth it. (Sorry, President Obama.)

This photo essay on the lingering aftereffects of the Chernobyl disaster brings that home. I believe the photos are from the late 1990's. It focuses on the children of Chernobyl, and what happened to them. Those who were in utero or newborn at the time of the disaster were particularly hard hit. It's painful to watch, but I think it's important that we bear witness and that we not look away. It's important that we not forget.

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