Not to put too fine a point on it, but how, exactly, do you propose that anyone "make right" of this situation more than 20 years after the fact?
Yes, people have died and developed cancer due to the incident/accident/disaster at Chernobyl, but why should Putin commemorate the disaster any more
than residents of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Finland, etc.? While I am no Putin fan, it is not Russia's responsibility to make recompense to
individuals affected by this disaster. It might be nice if they made some sort of public acknowledgment of what occurred at Chernobyl - and, for all
I know, they do - however, Putin hardly seems the touchy-feely sort who is going to go out of his way to do such a thing...
Could this happen again? Sure. Nuclear power isn't safe, but neither is any other form of power generation. Hydroelectric power requires dams, and
those dams create reservoirs, which in turn gobble up incredible amounts of land - farmland, homes/homesteads, towns, etc. Solar power is
environmentally friendly but not efficient enough to provide reliable power to millions - or billions - of people with any degree of reliability.
And, strangely enough, nuclear power isn't even the most dangerous form of power generation in terms of radiation released into the environment.
Coal-fired power plants - in use worldwide - require incredible amounts of coal to create power. Worldwide we burn somewhere in the neighborhood of
6.0 and 6.5 billion tons of coal every year.
Yep, you read that right.
Between 6.0 and 6.5 billion tons of coal. And,
since any given measure of coal contains a few parts per million of radioactive elements like thorium and uranium and polonium and the like, we're
dumping somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 tons of thorium into the atmosphere every year - as well as 5,000 tons of uranium, and many other
radioactive elements besides.
Chernobyl was a disaster, no question, but there's nothing to be done about it now. It isn't Russia's responsibility to fix the problem's
remaining at Chernobyl - it isn't really any one group's responsibility, since the society which created the problem no longer exists. It is
responsibility to make sure that we are aware of what we are already doing to the environment.
We should recognize Chernobyl for what it is/was: a warning, a symbol of what can happen to us all if we don't start to take more responsibility for